Official Selection


Roberto Minervini | Italy, USA, France | 2018 | 123 min.
O.V. in English subtitled in Spanish

Minervini (Stop the Pounding Heart) continues on his exploration of deep America, which this time looks at the banks of the Mississippi and the militant heart of black power in a film that won five awards in Venice. Summer of 2017, the racism of the Trump era and the multiple Afro-Americans murdered inflames a community. There, three ways of tackling the fight: that of the charismatic owner of a bar who is about to be evicted, that of the New Black Panthers and that of the brothers Ronaldo and Titus, boys who know very well what is around them and tackle it with hope for the future.

Direction: Roberto Minervini
Cinematography: Diego Romero Suárez-Llanos (A.E.C)
Editing: Marie-Hélène Dozo
Sound: Ingrid Simon, Hélèna Violaine Réveillère, August A,aury And, Bernat Fortiana
Cast: Judy Hill, Ronaldo King, Titus Turner, Kevin Goodman
Production: Paolo Benzi, Denise Ping Lee
Production Company: Okta Film, Pulpa Film, Rai Cinema

Roberto Minervini

He was born in Italy in 1970, and lives and works in that country and in the United States. As well as a filmmaker, he is a writer and a university professor. He has studied at the New School University in New York and at Madrid’s Autonomous University. After directing several short films, Minervini began his Texas trilogy, composed of The Passage (2011), Low Tide (2012, an award winner at Venice) and Stop the Pounding Heart (2013), which premiered at the Cannes Festival and won an award at the CPH:DOX. Both that film and The Other Side (premiered at Cannes) were present in Seville. What You Gonna Do When the World’s on Fire?premiered in Venice, winning five awards: Best Actress for Judy Hill, a mention for the sound track and the UNICEF, Vivere da Sportivi and Fair Play Cinema Awards.