“I’ve known about the ‘bone breakers’ ever since I read about them in the news and I became obsessed: it was like a cancer inside me that needed to be expelled. I had to tell the story in order to succeed. Why? It happened in Palermo, where I was from, and second, as I got in deeper and deeper, I had the feeling I was making a genuine descent into hell. I was struck by the story of the ragtag criminal organization, but even more so by the underworld of the hapless souls involved, who were targeted by the gang. Most of the time, it was they who asked to have their bones broken, often for frivolous reasons, or out of desperation.”
Vincenzo Pirrotta is a playwright, actor and director whose plays have been staged at major theaters and international festivals. His opera productions include collaborations with the Rome Opera House and the Teatro San Carlo in Naples. Pirrotta has won numerous awards, such as the National Association of Theater Critics’ Award for U Ciclopu and the Golden Graal Award for Best Director for his production of Sagra del signore della nave, shortlisted for the U.B.U. Prize. Among other plays he has directed, The Eumenides was selected for the 2004 Venice Biennale. His acting credits include roles in the films We Believed by Mario Martone, The First King by Matteo Rovere, The Stolen Caravaggio by Roberto Andò, and The Traitor by Marco Bellocchio. Pirrotta will soon be appearing in the Italian TV series The Bad Guy (Prime Video). The Bone Breakers marks his directorial film debut.