Official Selection


by Francesco Lettieri
Italy, 2021, 105', color
Screenplay: Peppe Fiore, Francesco Lettieri
11:00 Sala Perla Press, Industry
17:00 Sala Perla All Accreditations
Followed by Q&A
20:30 Cinema Rossini Tickets

Closing film
Out of competition

Gianluca Palma
Mauro Rodella
Paco Martinelli

Piergiuseppe Fancellu
production design
Marcella Mosca
Antonella Mignogna

Andrea Carpenzano
(Nic/Lovely Boy)
Daniele Del Plavignano
Ludovica Martino
Enrico Borello
Riccardo De Filippis
Pierluigi Pasino
Martino Perdisa
Federica Rosellini

a film
Sky Original
Nicola Giuliano
Francesca Cima
Carlotta Calori
Indigo Film
Vision Distribution
with the support of
Idm Alto Adige e della Provincia Autonoma di Bolzano

Nic, alias Lovely Boy, is a rising star on Rome's trap scene. With his tattooed face and his sheer talent, he's half of a trap duo - the other half being his friend Borneo la XXG - destined for fame. Sucked into a spiral of self-destruction, Nic is lost and rudderless, and swiftly reaches the breaking point: he can only come to terms with himself if he flees far from all the commotion. At a rehab facility in the Dolomites that caters to people like him - drug addicts - he struggles to find the person he once was by sharing with others the enormous solitude he holds inside.



2021 Lovely Boy
2020 Ultras

"The film makes no attempt to pass judgment, either morally or sociologically. It describes emotions. Rome and the rehab center at the foot of the Dolomites are two worlds that are diametrically opposed, and also reflect the lead character's inner conflict. On one hand there's Nic, a talented, sensitive young man; on the other Lovely Boy, uninhibited and dismissive of others. Lovely Boy is a classic parable of ruin and rebirth that shows the difficulty of growing up, at any age, and the scars that remain when one has finally managed to become an adult." [Francesco Lettieri]

Over the years, Francesco Lettieri has made a name for himself on the Italian indie music scene by directing music videos by artists the likes of Calcutta, Thegiornalisti, Noyz Narcos, Carl Brave x Franco 126, and Liberato. He has partnered with this last artist to create his own personal visual conception of the city of Naples. In 2020, Lettieri made his directorial debut on the big screen with the film Ultras, starring Aniello Arena, distributed by Netflix.

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