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Director: Giacomo Abbruzzese
Country: France/Italy/Belgium/Poland
Year: 2023
Running time: 92 min
In Ibo, French, English & Polish with English subtitles

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DISCO BOY

Aleksei is a young Belarusian on the run from a past he must bury. In a form of Faustian pact, he becomes a member of the French Foreign Legion in exchange for the promise of French citizenship. Far away, in the Niger Delta, Jomo is a revolutionary activist, engaged in armed struggle to defend his community. Aleksei is a soldier, Jomo a guerrilla fighter. Because of one more senseless war, their destinies will intertwine.

Winner: Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution, Berlinale 2023
Winner: Best Score, Vitalic, Lumiere Awards 2024

 

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PLAYDATES

3/29-4/9/23 New Directors/New Films, New York, NY

10/24/23 FIAF, New York, NY

11/3-12/23 Denver International FIlm Festival, Denver CO

12/11-17/23 AFI EU Showcase, Silver Springs, MD

2/2-22/24 Quad Cinema, New York, NY - Director Giacomo Abbruzzese and Helene Louvart at select opening weekend screenings!

2/7-28/24 Cinema Public, Montreal, QC - Director Giacomo Abbruzzese at select screenings!

2/9-15/24 Laemmle Glendale, Glendale, CA

2/9-15/24 Laemmle Monica, Santa Monica, CA

2/9-15/24 Landmark's Opera Plaza, San Francisco, CA

2/9-11/24 Roxy Cinema, New York, NY

2/9/24 Cinema Moderne, Montreal, QC

2/14-11/24 Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center, Araby, LA

2/23-29/24 Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago, IL

2/23-29/24 FilmScene, Iowa City, IA

2/25/24 SPACE Gallery, Portland, ME

3/22-4/4/24 Lumiere Cinema, Beverly Hills, CA

4/5-11/24 The Beacon, Seattle, WA

4/20-21/24 Pickford Film Center, Bellingham, WA

4/26-5/9/24 The Clairidge, Montclair, NJ

4/30-5/2/24 The Guild, Albuquerque, NM

5/3-5/24 Webster Film Series, Webster Groves, MO

5/10/24 Boedecker Theatre, Boulder, CO

5/11/24 Epsilon Spires, Brattleboro, VT

5/23/24 Hollywood Theatre, Portland, OR

6/14/24 Cleveland Cinematheque, Cleveland, OH

6/23/24 Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

6/28-30/24 Detroit Film Theatre, Detroit, MI

REVIEWS

“One of the best movies I’ve seen in quite a while…[Abbruzzese] is a very, very gifted filmmaker.” – David Sterritt, Films in Focus

“[Rogowski] is a reason to go back to the movies…A striking first feature…lingers in the mind.” –Chuck Wilson, The Village Voice

“Mr. Abbruzzese, making his feature debut, has the right mix of confidence and flair…” – Zachary Barnes, The Wall Street Journal

A neon-dream parable cast against the shadow of sweeping global forces…a lean but sweepingly ambitious film crafted with formal rigor. Abbruzzese deftly transitions between haunting silence and kinetic energy, a balance supported in particular by Vitalic’s pulsating score and the inspired compositions of the cinematographer Hélène Louvart. Rogowski pulls it all together with stoic features that emanate so much sorrow and history.” – Brandon Yu, The New York Times

“Bold, visceral, phantasmagorical…Franz Rogowski is haunted, intense and typically brilliant.” – Carmen Gray, Sight & Sound

"Through this scenario, debut-feature director Giacomo Abbruzzese investigates contemporary globalist Europe—the intertwined consequences of capitalism, militarism, and immigration—while also creating an interior portrait of the emotional fallout from violence and guilt. Abbruzzese’s ambitious film is a jarring, visually rich tale of exploitation and the possibility of transcendence.” -New Directors/New Films

Disco Boy heralds a promising new talent who totally has the moves.” – Ben Croll, indiewire

“A magnetic lead performance by Franz Rogowski…an opaque but intense figure, as much body as personality, in a hugely physical, indeed gruelling, performance light years away from his volatile, comic-edged role in Passages…the film crackles with ideas.” – Jonathan Romney, Screen Daily

“A really stylish debut with Disco Boy, a visually thrilling, ambitious and distinctly freaky adventure into the heart of imperial darkness, or into something else entirely: the heart of an alternative reality, or a transcendent new self. This is bold film-making: a movie that wants to dazzle you with its standalone setpieces, but also to carry you along with its storytelling.” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

 

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