Forty horsepower

The summer raids of a group of children from Chioggia, their dreams and their expectations living on the water. Stefanin, the protagonist, is a handyman, a small man who at 16 repairs engines and goes clam fishing. During the summer evenings, he goes around for fun with all his friends on small boats with 40 horsepower engines, loud reggaeton music and decorative LED lights. Sometimes they go to the lagoon to woo the girls waiting for them on the quay, other times they make a bridge of boats in the middle of the lagoon and bet on who will fish the most the following day. A world made of illusions, irony and energy, but also of dreams and hopes for the future.

  • Luca Ciriello
  • Luca Ciriello
  • Giornate degli Autori
  • Za-lab
  • Lunia Film
  • Stefano Penzo
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, Comedy, Life
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 59 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 6, 2020
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Director Biography - Luca Ciriello

Luca Ciriello (1988) graduates in Modern Literature with a specialization in Modern Philology and Didactics of Italian to Foreigners in 2013. In 2015 he works as educator and reporter for a NGO in a Tanzania village. In 2016 he completes the Cinema Specialization Course of Pigrecoemme Cinema School in Naples. In 2017 he works as camera operator for RAI television newscasts and, thanks to the Cultura Crea call of MiBACT, he founds the video production company Lunia Film Srls of which he is the sole administrator.
In 2018 he studies documentary cinema at FilmAp Real Cinema Atelier in Ponticelli (Naples) and his first short film is out, Racconti dal Palavesuvio (Tales from Palavesuvio, special mention at Lucania Film Festival and Festival dell’Isola di Roma Mamma Roma). In 2020 he produces his first film, a historical short film called Eroi Perduti (Lost Heroes). In 2020 his first documentary film will also come out, the full-length film L’armée Rouge (The Red Army, produced by Parallelo 41, Lunia Film and FILMaP). He speaks Italian, Spanish, English, French, Portuguese and Swahili.

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1. Giornate degli Autori (Venezia - 2020) - Laguna Sud Award
2. Accordi e Disaccordi (Napoli - 2020)
3. Vertigo Film Fest (Milano - 2020) - Winner Honorable Mention
4. Milan Gold Awards (Milano - 2020) - Winner monthly
5. Capri Hollywood Film Festival (Capri - 2020)
6. Corto Dorico (Ancona - 2021)
7. Cactus International Film Festival (Courmayeur, Aosta - 2021)
8. Bardolino Film Festival (Bardolino, Verona - 2021)
9. Social World Film Festival (Vico Equense - 2021)
10. La Guarimba Film Festival (Amantea - 2021)
11. Lago Film Fest (Revine Lago, Treviso - 2021) - Winner Honorable Mention
12. Apulia Film Fest (Mesagne, Lecce - 2021) - Winner Best Documentary
13. Falvaterra Film Festival (Falvaterra - 2021) - Winner Honorable Mention
14. Corto Mediterraneo (Diamante - 2021)
15. Alta Marea film fest (Termoli, Campobasso - 2021)
16. PerseVisioni (Polignano a Mare, Bari - 2021)
17. La guarimba (Amantea, Cosenza - 2021)