Darker than midnight

Davide is different from other teenagers. Something makes him look like a girl. Davide is fourteen when he runs away from home. His intuition, leads him to choose Villa Bellini, the park in Catania, as a refuge. The park is a world in and of itself, a world of the marginalized, to which the rest of the city turns a blind eye. But one day the past catches up to the present and Davide has to face the most difficult choice, this time alone

  • Sebastiano Riso
    Director
  • Sebastiano Riso
    Writer
  • Stefano Grasso
    Writer
  • Andrea Cedrola
    Writer
  • Claudio Saraceni
    Producer
  • Micaela Ramazzotti
    Key Cast
  • Pippo del Bono
    Key Cast
  • Vincenzo Amato
    Key Cast
  • Davide Capone
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Più buio di mezzanotte
  • Project Type:
    Feature, Other
  • Genres:
    drama, transgeneder, gay, coming of age, freedom
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 33 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    May 1, 2014
  • Production Budget:
    650 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Italy
  • Country of Filming:
    Italy
  • Language:
    Italian
  • Shooting Format:
    digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • cannes 2014
    cannes
  • Annecy film festival
    Ennecy
    March 10, 2014
    France
    Grand prix
  • Siracusa silm festival
    Siracusa, Sicilia, Italy
    October 8, 2015
    Italy
    Grand Prize
Director Biography - Sebastiano Riso

Sebastiano Riso is an Italian director born on July the 3rd 1983 in Catania, who has been actively involved in the film industry for 8 years. Prior to becoming a filmmaker, Riso worked as an assistant for several film and stage directors before choosing to complete a degree at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome.

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Director Statement

DARKER THAN MIDNIGHT marks his debut as a feature filmmaker and is part of the official 2014 selection of Cannes' Critics' Week.