Piranhas (2019)

Claudio Giovanessi’s involvement with Gomorrah evidently made him a good choice to direct Piranhas, given that it too is an adaptation (by the author himself) of a novel by Roberto Saviano, the Neapolitan who made a name for himself as an authority on the organised crime in and around that city.

Piranhas, which looks at the roles in that scene all too often played by teenagers, centres on Nicola, a 15-year-old with little or no prospects of a proper job, but who clearly wants access to the life of comparative luxury enjoyed by his role models: designer clothes and watches, nights of drink and drugs at the city’s clubs together with good-looking girls likewise impressed by signs of status.

Production notes

  • Orig. title: La paranza dei bambini
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Distribution: Edge Entertainment
  • Print source: Edge Entertainment
  • Cinematography: Daniele Ciprì
  • Editing: Giuseppe Trepiccione
  • Music: Andrea Moscianese
  • Sound: Emanuele Cicconi
  • Production design: Daniele Frabetti