In Italy, when we were children, to stop a game when someone got hurt, we used to say “arimo!” - a way to ask for a truce, a sort of “time out”. “Arimo” is also the name of a community on the outskirts of Milan, where teenagers estranged from their families, perpetrators and unaccompanied foreigners live together. With these adolescents, we have created a cinema workshop and during a year we have been observing and filming them in turn. The result is a choral story about the loneliness of growing up - with characters, myths, challenges, tragedies, and that longing for immortality that no one can escape as a young man.

  • Jacopo Mutti
  • Nicolò Tommaso Braggion
  • Nicolò Tommaso Braggion
  • Jacopo Mutti
  • Claudio Jampaglia
    I am the Revolution, Our War
  • Maria Chiara Piccolo
    La Ragazza Carla, Ponticelli Terra Buona
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    1 hour 12 minutes
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    July 19, 2021
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    65,000 EUR
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    Digital 4K
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  • Filmmaker International Film Festival
    November 15, 2021
    World Premiere
    Prospettive Award - Winner
Director Biography - Jacopo Mutti, Nicolò Tommaso Braggion

We are a directing duo from Milan. Our collaboration begins the same day of our friendship when we attend Directing and performing video at IED Milan. After the studies we began to work as a freelance editors and filmmakers in advertising for production companies such as Cattleya and Mercurio Cinematrografica; At the same time, we pursue our passion for documentaries. Arimo is our first feature film as directors.

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Director Statement

Arimo is an emotional archive of the moments we lived in communion with a group of adolescents. The film is made of all the expectations and creeping anxieties they go through as the time to leave the community approaches, and they envisage the possibilities of a new life. We give an account of the privileged relationship we established with them, mediated by the camera. Their vision and ours meet, following a thread that joins together representation and reality, the protagonists and us. Shooting themselves and being shot during one year, they told us their stories, tried different plots. And that unanswered question hovers the scene: What will be next?