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Venice: a city of gondolas, canals and inexorably sinking palaces, where tourists come and locals go. The re-sident population of the city has now dropped to below 50,000 inhabitants: there are fewer locals than daily visitors.

There is a parallel world where the real Venetians hold their ground. Here, the teenagers of this strange com-munity that lives on the water find their own path to adulthood. They use the Motorboat (il Barchino). Like the city dwellers’ Vespas and scooters, the kids pimp up their boats, customizing them with dazzling LED lights and powerful stereo systems and souping up their engines to a stunning horsepower so they can race across the Lagoon and live out their adolescent dreams freely.

These kids are our main characters: these kids who speed their boats across the Lagoon in illegal races. Two of them will risk their lives for a girl, flying over the water towards the heart of Venice, the Serenissima, chased by the police.

Original title: Barchini Country: Italy Language: Italian Anticipated running time: 90'


Director: Yuri Ancarani Production: Dugong Film, Luxbox Producer: Marco Alessi



Video artist/filmmaker

Yuri Ancarani is an Italian video artist and filmmaker. His works come from a continuous mingling of documentary cinema and contemporary art, and are the result of a research aimed to explore regions which are not very visibile in the daily life, realities in which the artist delves in first person. His works have been shown at national and international museums and exhibitions, such as: Fondazione Sandretto, Re Rebaudengo (Torino, Italy), MAXXI, Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI secolo (Rome, Italy), R. Solomon Guggenheim Museum (New York, USA), Prague Biennal 5 (Prague, Poland), XIV Biennale Internazionale di Scultura (Carrara, Italy), 14 Media Art Biennale Wro (Wroklav, Poland), (Milan, Italy), T.I.C.A. Tirana Institute of Contemporary Art (Tirana, Albany). And at several film festivals: 67th and 68th Venice Film Festival (Venice, Italy), IFFR International Film Festival Rotterdam (Rotterdam, The Netherlands), 23rd IDFA International Documentary Film Festival (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), Hot Docs, Canadian International Documentary Festival (Toronto, Canada), Cinéma du Réel (Centre Pompidou, Paris, France), SXSW- South by Southwest (Houston, Texas), Full Frame Documentary Festival (Dhuram, USA), 4th Ann Arbor Film Festival (Michigan, USA), True/False Film Festival (Columbia, Missouri). He has also won several awards such as: Talent Prize 2012, nomination per «Nonfiction feature filmaking», Cinema Eye Honors (Museum of Moving Image, New York, USA); «Grand Prix in Lab Competition», Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival (Clermont-Ferrand, France); «Honorable Mention», Dokufest (Prizren, Kosovo); «Best documentary», New Horizon I.F.F. (Wroclaw, Poland); «Best Short», L’ alternativa- Barcelona Independent Film Festival (Barcelona, Spain), «Grand Special Jury Prize» Locarno Film Festival.



2017, Whipping Zombie

2016, The Challenge

2014, Séance

2014, San Siro

2013, Ricordiper Moderni (Memories for Moderns)

2012, Da Vinci

2011, Piatta forma Luna (Platform Moon)

2010, Il Capo (The Chief)

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