Scene from the film Padrone e sotto
Scene from the film Padrone e sotto
Scene from the film Padrone e sotto
Scene from the film Padrone e sotto
Scene from the film Padrone e sotto

Padrone e sotto

  • Switzerland
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Tricarico in the deep south of Italy. Those who are allowed to drink are winners. And those who remain sober are losers. That’s what filmmaker Michele Cirigliano understood as a child about the drinking game ‘Padrone e Sotto’ when he sat in a shabby bar watching the older men play it. As the beer flows and emotions flare up thirty years later, he attempts to understand what has confused him about this game since his childhood: Where exactly is the line between game and reality? Are these men just playing? Or do they really mean what they say when their verbal aggression breaks out? As it explores this Mezzogiorno closed male society, PADRONE E SOTTO takes a look behind the superficial pleasure of being with friends, and presents itself as a social study of universal mechanisms of power.


  • Original Title
    Padrone e sotto
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Michele Cirigliano
  • Cinematography
    Aurelio Buchwalder
  • Editing
    Anja Bombelli
  • Sound
    Peter Bräker,
 Roberto Leuzinger
  • Runtime
    72 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Switzerland
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Festivals
    • Zurich Film Festival
    • Dok Leipzig
    • Duisburger Filmtage
    • Solothurner Filmtage
    • Ascona Film Festival
    • Bafici Buenos Aires
    • Sehsüchte Potsdam
    • Crossing Europe Linz
    • Belgrade Documentary and Short Film Festival
    • Internationales Dokumentarfilmfestival München
    • Othermovie Dokumentarfilm Festival Lugano
    • Manchester Film Festival
    • Filmfestival Freistadt Austria
    • Documentaria Noto
  • Awards
    • Victor-Thalberg-Preis
    • Nomination First Steps Award Berlin
    • Nomination ZOOM – Basler Filme im Fokus
    • Special Mention Filmfestival della Lessinia is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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