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THE WAR OF BUMPKINS

by Davide Barletti, Lorenzo Conte

synopsis

Summer 1975. In a village on the eastern coast of Puglia, a war is rekindled between the sons of the well-to-do familes and the children of the local fishermen, shepherds, and farmers: the so-called cafoni or bumpkins. Hostilities are declared by the leader of the well-to-do families, whose real first name is Angelo, but whose nickname bears the mark of a champion and of the perfidious: Francisco Marinho (a buccaneering Brazilian soccer star of the period), also known as the Evil One. Obsessed with his hatred for the cafoni - part buffoon, part local soccer-league George Bush - Francisco Marino fights in the name of the class division and historic continuity. When, however, out of a tragicomic misunderstanding, his vision of the world is undercut by a new dimension of compassion - or perhaps love - for a young cafona, or bumpkin woman, the separation between good and evil, previously always so clear, begins to cloud over.

international title: The War of Bumpkins
original title: La guerra dei cafoni
country: Italy
sales agent: RAI Com
year: 2016
genre: fiction
directed by: Davide Barletti, Lorenzo Conte
film run: 90'
cast: Ernesto Mahieux, Claudio Santamaria, Donato Paterno, Pasquale Patruno, Piero Dionisio, Kevin Magrì, Angelo Cucinelli, Pierluigi Elia, Pierpaolo Donno, Alksander Di Tano, Gateano Fiore, Pasquale Lepore, Leonardo Morello, Stefano Pellegrini, Nicolò Grassi, Domenico Lacriola, Marco Dell’Aglio, Mariano Barnabà, Francesco De Taro, Angelo Corelli, Luigi Indiveri, Davide Giarletti, Letizia Pia Cartolaro, Alice Azzariti, Angelo Pignatelli, Iole Romano, Fabrizio Saccomanno, Danilo Palmisano, Fabrizio Pugliese, Franco Ferrante
production: Minimum Fax Media, La Luna, RAI Cinema
backing: MiBACT, Fondazione Apulia Film Commission
distributor: Ismaele Film

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