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John Connor [Celluloid 04.13.22] post apocalyptic scifi thriller dystopic

Kino Lorber presents the thrilling dystopian vision MONDOCANE, the debut feature of Italian writer/director Alessandro Celli.

The film opens on Friday, May 20 in New York (Angelika Film Center) and Los Angeles (Landmark Westwood) before expanding theatrically nationwide.

In the not-too-distant future on Italy’s southern coast, the city of Taranto has become a toxic wasteland ruled by warring gangs and surrounded by barbed wire, where best friends Pietro and Cristian dream of escaping their hardscrabble existence for a better life in nearby New Taranto.

Opportunity knocks when Hothead, the charismatic and dangerous leader of a local gang called the Ants, recruits the two boys and gives them everything they fantasized about: money in their pockets, a family, and a father figure. The friendship begins to splinter, though, as Cristian displays a surprising talent for mayhem and quickly rises through the ranks. With a new female friend pushing them further apart, an obsessed cop hounding the gang, and Hothead becoming increasingly unhinged, the boys barrel toward a confrontation that will determine if their bond is strong enough to survive.

Recalling everything from Mad Max to Lord of the Flies to City of God, director Alessandro Celli’s thrilling feature debut is a stylish post-apocalyptic vision and an inspiring testament to the power of friendship in an unjust world.

Check out the trailer:

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