by Daniele Ciprì
Oscar (Sergio Castellitto) is a cynical man, a failed lawyer who survives by ripping off the local authorities – he invents “accidents” and claims that supposedly handicapped people have fallen victim to them. Armando (Rocco Papaleo) is a good man who grew up poor on the city’s outskirts. He has just been released from prison having served a 25-year sentence for a crime he never committed. Nonetheless, prison has left his positive view of the world unblemished. Not welcomed by his family, he spends his first night as a free man alone on the rainy streets; his only company is a scruffy dog that follows him everywhere.
The next morning, Oscar and Armando meet for the first time in front of a sweet and sympathetic Carmen (Valeria Bruni Tedeschi). In Oscar’s case, Armando’s sees a great opportunity: Why not sue the state for millions for convicting an innocent man?
In an attempt to find redemption and, through the search for evidence, a strong and unexpected friendship begins to develop.
Daniele Ciprì was born in Palermo. Growing up, he spent a lot of time in his father's photographic laboratory, where he fell in love with film. He and Franco Maresco having codirected a number of feature films including THE UNCLE FROM BROOKLYN (1995); ENZO, DOMANI A PALERMO! (Enzo, Tomorrow in Palermo! Winner of the FEDIC Award at the 1999 Venice International Film Festival); HOW WE GOT THE ITALIAN MOVIE BUSINESS INTO TROUBLE: THE TRUE STORY OF FRANCO AND CICCIO! (Winner of the "Premio Pasinetti" award at the 2004 Venice International Film Festival). Ciprì is one of Italy's most respected cinematographers.
IT WAS THE SON, Ciprì's first solo directing project, was awarded the "Golden Osella" for Best Photography at the 2012 Venice Film Festival. MONEY BUDDIES is his second feature film.
FILMOGRAPHY AS A DIRECTOR
2014 Money Buddies
2012 It was the son
Oscar - Sergio Castellitto
Armando - Rocco Papaleo
Carmen - Valeria Bruni Tedeschi
Nancho - Jacopo Cullin
Tito - Ivan Franek
Director Daniele Ciprì
Screenplay Alessandra Acciai, Daniele Ciprì, Massimo Gaudioso, Miriam Rizzo
Cinematography Daniele Ciprì
Film Editing Giogiò Franchini
Production Design Marco Dentici
Music Pino Donaggio, Zeno Gabaglio
Sound Christophe Giovannoni
Co-Producer Villi Hermann
Producers Alessandra Acciai, Giorgio Magliulo, Roberto Lombardi
Production Companies Passione,Imago Film
In collaboration with Rai Cinema, Radiotelevisione Svizzera - SRG SSR
Supported by Ministero dei Beni Culturali e del Turismo -
Direzione Generale Cinema, Regione Lazio Fondo Audiovisivo, Uffi cio Federale della Cultura UFC Berna, Euroimages, Media In association with BNL Group BNP Paribas
ORIGINAL TITLE: La Buca