PENTACLUB <The Club of Five>

The year is 1968. Five teenage boys dream of running a movie theater in which they will not show pro-war films.
One summer afternoon Giò, Delfo, Max, Ricky and Paolo learn to become trusted friends, indispensable to one another.
A coming-of-age, adventure film about friendship, one with small but large rebellious acts that signal the end of childhood and the beginning of adulthood.
A group of friends, who met in the 1960s, was essential to the film’s production. Therefore, Pentaclub is a film about friendship, both on the screen and behind the scenes.

  • Roberto Strazzarino
  • Roberto Strazzarino
  • Maria Pia Alibrandi
  • Rexhep Bejaj
    Key Cast
  • Federico Cesi
    Key Cast
  • Leonardo Chiaro
    Key Cast
  • Fabio Gavaciuto
    Key Cast
  • Francesco Ziglioli
    Key Cast
  • Francesco Brondi
    Key Cast
  • Giorgia Ferrero
    Key Cast
    "Mother of Giò"
    The Great Beauty
  • Roberto Strazzarino
  • Eleonora Diana
    Executive Producers
  • Alice Drago
    Executive Producers
  • Matteo Fresi
    Executive Producers
  • Federico Lagna
    Executive Producers
  • Epica Film
    Executive Producer
  • Alessandro Mattiolo A.I.C. ma
    Director of Photography
  • Simonetta Rebella
    Production Design
  • Sergio Sciutto
    Production Design
  • Federico Lagna
  • Marisa Garbero
    Costume Designer
  • AIRAM Maria Tomaselli
  • Maddalena Medri
    Film Poster
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    24 minutes 59 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 15, 2023
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  • Golden Eagles Awards
    New York City
    United States
    November 27, 2023
    International Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Montecatini International Short Film Festival
    October 16, 2023
    Official Selection
  • New York Cinematography Awards
    New York City
    United States
    Best Film of the Month (July 2023) and Best Cinematography
  • Giove International Film Festival
    Campo di Giove (L'Aquila)
    August 20, 2023
    Best First-Time Filmmaker
  • Rabat International Children and Family Film Festival
    Official Selection 2023
  • London Director Awards
    United Kingdom
    Best Short Script & Best Art Director (July 2023)
  • Montreal Independent Film Festival
    Nominee in the Best Composer and Best First-Time Filmmaker category (July 2023)
  • Berlin Indie Film Festival
    Best First Time Director, Short Film (August 2023)
  • Hollywood North Shorts
    Best International Fiction (August 2023)
  • Best Short Fest
    Lanark County, Ontario
    Semi-Finalist 2023
  • Bratislava International Film Awards
    Best Short Film, Best Cinematography - 2023
  • Budapest Short Cut Film Festival
    Best Production Design (September 2023)
  • New York Monthly Film Festival
    New York
    United States
    Best Short Film (August 2023)
  • Monza Film Fest
    Best Screenplay (July/August 2023)
Director Biography - Roberto Strazzarino

Roberto Strazzarino is 69 years old and was born in Italy. He is the son of parents who worked in the Italian film factory called “Ferrania” and has been a self-taught filmmaker since the times of 8mm.
His development as a filmmaker, which began in the darkness of 1960’s cinemas, was fundamental.
The proximity of the film factory sparked the desire to try his own hand at filmmaking and the use of the 8mm camera helped create familiarity with the medium.
His participation in “in camera editing” competitions has favoured the development of a strong sense of visual storytelling which allows, through careful planning and detailed storyboarding, to shoot each scene almost as it will be seen on the screen, without having to rely on heavy coverage and editing.
His passion for film has remained alive/present throughout his life, also thanks to his attendance at the Venice Film Festival as a correspondent for private radio stations and specialized magazines since 1979, the year of the festival’s relaunch with Carlo Lizzani.
Since his retirement he has dedicated himself full-time to his passion of filmmaking. He has attended film courses at the Sentieri Selvaggi School in Rome and at the Holden School in Turin. In 2019 he enrolled at New York University - Tisch School of the Arts where he took the course “Sight and Sound Filmmaking.”

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Director Statement

The author talks about a topic with which he is familiar, setting the young characters in the Sixties. He presents them with an experience they must go through and where their motivation to act relies on a sense of belonging.
Their dream is considerable, that of running a movie theater in which pro-war films will not be screened.
The adversities for the realization of their dream generate conflicts among the characters: they all behave in ways that put their own selves before the others.
With dedication and an ever-growing desire to create human connections, the characters finally find a balance between their individualism and their relationships with other people. They eventually become a team, they become The Club of Five (Pentaclub) and they understand they are trusted friends, indispensable to one another.
While the dream is what is at stake consciously, the unity of the group turns out to be the unconscious challenge.
The author's personal experience, transposed into the story, provides a sense of uniqueness and authenticity to the experience of the characters.
The actions in the film, so distant in time, become the means to talk about timeless, universal values.
Pentaclub is a film about friendship, both on the screen and behind the scenes because a group of friends, who met in the 1960s, was essential to the film’s production. The director wrote the screenplay together with his wife, while their friends worked on the production design and the costumes.
To visually narrate the transformation of the characters, the director favors, first, the use of shots that highlight the individual actions of the characters (master & coverage). Furthermore, as the group grows into self-awareness, the director progressively adopts the point of view of the group itself, with planned long takes in which the camera and the group move with increasing harmony.