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La macchinazione

The Ploy

Set in the heady summer of 1975, with the Communist Party seemingly on the verge of taking power through the upcoming general election, controversial Italian director, poet and intellectual Pier Paolo Pasolini is editing his most audacious film yet, the now notorious “Salò, or the 120 days of Sodom” when the negative is stolen from the film laboratory. 

Pasolini, a well-known communist who is openly gay, is also in the midst of writing a book condemning Italy’s political elite; and he is seeing a young man, Pino Pelosi, from the working class suburbs of Rome that are renown for organised crime. When Pasolini arranges a meeting to retrieve the negative, little does he know that he is walking into a trap that has many authors. 

One of the most mysterious and controversial crimes in Italian history, the murder of Pasolini is treated as a thriller, highlighting the monstrosity of those who physically murdered Pasolini, those who ordered the crime, and those who covered it up.

David Grieco
Massimo Ranieri, Libero De Rienzo, Matteo Taranto, François-Xavier Demaison, Milena Vukotic
A portrait of the intellectual, artist and man with his weaknesses, his sweetness, his stubbornness.
La Repubblica
David Grieco

(Born in 1951 in Rome) David is an actor, director and producer who has worked with Pier Paolo Pasolini, Bernardo Bertolucci and Franco Zeffirelli on films including Romeo & Juliet, Theorem and Partner. Having worked as a journalist and TV producer, in 2004 he directed his first film Evilenko (2004), based on his novel The Communist Eating Children.

  • IN COMPETITION Moscow International Film Festival 2016