Lord of the Ants

by Gianni Amelio

Lord of the Ants


Based on Italy’s late 60es true events, Italian poet, playwright and director Aldo Braibanti is prosecuted and sentenced to prison for the love he shares with his barely of age pupil and friend, Ettore. Amidst a chorus of voices of accusers, supporters and a largely hypocritical public, a single committed journalist takes on the task of piecing together the truth, between secrecy and desire, facing suspicion and censorship in the process.


Born in Calabria, Italy. After studying philosophy, he moved to Rome, where he began working as an assistant director. He made his film directing debut in 1982, after a long career in television. He is the winner of numerous international awards, including three EFA awards for best European film.


2020 Hammamet
2017 Tenerezza - Holding Hands
2014 Happy To Be Different
2013 A Lonely Hero
2011 The First Man
2006 The Missing Star
2004 The Keys to the House
1998 The Way We Laughed
1994 Lamerica
1992 Stolen Children
1990 Open Doors
1988 The Boys on Panisperna Street
1982 Blow to the Heart


Luigi Lo Cascio - Aldo
Elio Germano - Ennio
Sara Serraiocco - Graziella
Leonardo Maltese - Ettore


Director Gianni Amelio
Screenwriter Gianni Amelio, Edoardo Petti, Federico Fava
Director of Photography Luan Amelio Ujkaj
Editor Simona Paggi
Production design Marta Maffucci
Costume design Valentina Monticelli
Assistant director Edoardo Petti
Camera operator Emanuele Chiari
Make up Esmè Sciaroni
Hairstyling Samantha Mura
Casting Barbara Melega
Sound Emanuele Cicconi
Microphone operator Andrea Colaiacomo
Sound Editing Domenico Granata
Mixing Alberto Bernardi
Co-producers Moreno Zani, Malcom Pagani
Producers Simone Gattoni, Beppe Caschetto

Technical Data

Original Title: Il Signore Delle Formiche
International Title: Lord of the Ants
Length: 130 min
Original Language: Italian

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