It's just been announced that director Andrea De Sica won the Nastro d'Argento award for Best Debut. His film I figli della notte (Children of the Night) is a spectacular first feature, so it's a much-deserved honor.
I figli della notte is the story of an unlikely friendship between Giulio and Edoardo that is born in an all-boys boarding school nestled in the secluded mountains of northern Italy. The two discover a nightclub hidden in the surrounding forest. One thing leads to another and they manage to get themselves into some serious trouble. One can interpret that each boy has his own set of problems, which stem from belonging to families of wealth. They are dropped off against their will and forced to live in an environment that isn't always emotionally healthy, especially for a teenager. The articulate script blended with the energetic, but mysterious music score add a strong element of suspense and keep you at the edge of your seat right up until the end.
Andrea De Sica recently presented the film in New York at Lincoln Center's annual series "Open Roads: New Italian Cinema". I caught up with him and asked him about his first feature film and the cinematic legacy of his iconic family.
First, I have to compliment you because your film is really an exceptional first feature. How did you prepare as a director to take on a feature after making short films and series?
Why did you choose to shoot in the region of Alto Adige? Do the snow and mountains have a particular significance to the story?
The inspiration for the music came from a film that my father worked on in the 1990s-
Watch the trailer for Dellamorte Dellamore featuring Manuel De Sica's music...
There's no immediate word on international distribution of the this film. We will keep you posted. In the meantime, various past projects by Andrea De Sica are available on YouTube.