62nd TIFF: Greek Premiere

In Venice, beyond gondolas, canals where tourists come and locals go, there is a parallel world where teenagers pimp up their motorboats, customizing them with dazzling LED lights and powerful stereo systems, turning their barchini into tokens of coolness and virility. Two of these boys will risk their lives in one psychedelic race, chased by police toward the heart of Venice. The decline that erodes the relationships, environment, and habits of a rootless generation unfolds against the backdrop of timeless Venetian landscape, in a film that began without a screenplay and developed over four years of quiet observation by a master of contemporary documentary.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Yuri Ancarani
Script: Yuri Ancarani
Cinematography: Yuri Ancarani, Mauro Chiarello
Editing: Yuri Ancarani
Sound: Mirco Mencacci
Music: Sick Luke, Lorenzo Senni, Francesco Fantini
Actors: Daniele Barison, Maila Dabalà, Bianka Berényi, Alberto Tedesco
Production: Dugong Films, Rai Cinema, Luxbox, Unbranded Pictures, Alebrije Producciones, Mirfilm
Producers: Marco Alessi, Marta Tagliava, Fiorella Moretti, Hedi Zardi, Dmitry Saltykovsky, Rafael Minasbekyan
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Italy, France, USA, Qatar
Production Year: 2021
Duration: 105'
Contact: Luxbox

Yuri Ancarani

Yuri Ancarani (Ravenna, 1972), is an Italian video artist. His works, which combine elements of documentary cinema and contemporary art, aim to explore aspects that go unnoticed in everyday life. His way of focusing and using the camera with meticulous precision creates his distinct aesthetics, marked by the sculptural depth of the shots and of video works that investigate the hidden elements of daily life and of social codes. His works have been presented in numerous exhibitions and museums in Italy and abroad, including the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo (Turin), MAXXI (Rome), the Hammer Museum (Los Angeles), and the Guggenheim Museum (New York). In 2016 his feature film The Challenge won the Special Jury Prize at the Locarno Festival.


2010 Il Capo (short)
2011 Piattaforma Luna (short)
2012 Da Vinci (short)
2013 Ricordi per Moderni (doc)
2014 Séance (short)
2016 The Challenge (doc)
2017 Whipping Zombie (short)
2018 San Vittore (short)
2021 Atlantide