Disco Boy

Disco Boy

64th TIFF: Greek Premiere

Belarusian Aleksei crosses European borders through fire and steel and joins the Foreign Legion with the false promise of obtaining French citizenship. Nigerian Jomo leads the insurgency against foreign interests coveting the Niger Delta. Two expendable fighters on a predetermined collision course define a hallucinatory allegory about the classism of war and the open wounds of colonialism. Featuring remarkable cinematography by Hélène Louvart (Silver Bear winner at the 2023 Berlin Film Festival), Franz Rogowski delivers yet another outstanding performance, increasingly reminiscent of the great Denis Lavant. With a pulsating soundtrack driven by the electronic sounds of Vitalic, Giacomo Abbruzzese’s debut film Disco Boy unfolds on the dance floor of a future that ended before it even truly began, winking conspiratorially at Claire Denis’s iconic Beau Travail.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Available at the Agora Market TIFF64.

Direction: Giacomo Abbruzzese
Script: Giacomo Abbruzzese
Cinematography: Hélène Louvart
Editing: Fabrizio Federico, Ariane Boukerche, Giacomo Abbruzzese
Sound: Marta Billingsley, Piergiorgio De Luca, Simon Apostolou
Music: Vitalic
Actors: Franz Rogowski, Morr Ndiaye, Laëtitia Ky, Leon Lučev, Matteo Olivetti, Robert Więckiewicz, Michał Balicki
Production: Films Grand Huit
Producers: Lionel Massol, Pauline Seigland
Co-production: Dugong Films, Panache Productions, Donten & Lacroix, DIVISION
Co-producers: Giulia Achilli, Marco Alessi, André Logie, Gaëtan David, Maria Blicharska, Arno Moria
Costumes: Pauline Jacquard, Marina Monge
Production Design: Esther Mysius
Make Up: Géraldine Belbeoch
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: France, Italy, Belgium, Poland
Production Year: 2022
Duration: 91'
Contact: Charades
Awards/Distinctions: Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution – Berlin FF 2023

Giacomo Abbruzzese

Giacomo Abbruzzese was born in 1983 in Taranto, southern Italy, and lives and works between Paris and Madrid. A graduate of France’s Le Fresnoy, his short films were selected and awarded in many international festivals including Oberhausen, Palm Springs, Clermont-Ferrand, Viennale, Mar del Plata, Tampere, Indielisboa, Nouveau Cinéma Montreal, Winterthur, Angers, Torino, and Leeds. They have been broadcast on such TV channels as Canal+, Arte, France3, France2, Sky Art, and SVT. Giacomo was an Artist-in-Residence at the Cannes Film Festival Cinéfondation, the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, and at the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival. In 2022, he was nominated for a César Award for his documentary America and completed his first feature film, Disco Boy.


2010 Archipel (short)
2011 Fireworks (short)
2014 This Ιs the Way (short)
2014 Stella Maris (short)
2017 Fame
2020 America
2021 I Santi (short)
2023 Disco Boy