22.04. ‐ 27.04.2025
Disco Boy

Disco Boy

Giacomo Abbruzzese

How far are you willing to go to defend your territory? Love can take many forms, and it can lead to aggression if that which you love is under attack. In Disco Boy, a Belarusian fighter travels to go to war for France in Nigeria in exchange for the promise of a French passport; but guerrilla fighters in the African country will go to great lengths to defend their sovereignty. A stylish, entrancing and surprising film with a plot driven by obscure forces that will not be easy to forget.

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Direction Giacomo Abbruzzese
Country France, Italy, Belgium, Poland
Year 2023
Duration 91 min
Language French, English, Flemish, Igbo, Polish with English subtitles
Production Lionel Massol, Pauline Seigland
Cast Franz Rogowski, Morr N’Diaye, Laetitia Ky, Leon Lučev, Matteo Olivetti, Robert Więckiewicz, Michał Balicki
Camera Hélène Louvart
Script Giacomo Abbruzzese
Editing Giacomo Abbruzzese, Ariane Boukerche, Fabrizio Federico
Sound Guilhelm Donzel, Piergiorgio De Luca, Simone Altana, Alexandre Hecker

Berlinale 2023: Outstanding Artistic Achievement

About the Director

“Born in Taranto in the south of Italy in 1983, he studied at Le Fresnoy in France and made several short films which screened at festivals including Oberhausen, Clermont-Ferrand and the Viennale as well as on international television. In 2022, his documentary America was nominated for a César. Disco Boy is his debut feature-length fiction film.” (Berlinale 2023)

Press Reviews

“Italian director Giacomo Abbruzzese makes a really stylish debut with Disco Boy, a visually thrilling, ambitious and distinctly freaky adventure into the heart of imperial darkness, or into something else entirely: the heart of an alternative reality, or a transcendent new self. This is bold film-making: a movie that wants to dazzle you with its standalone setpieces, but also to carry you along with its storytelling.” (Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian)

The Director About the Film

“I met a dancer who had been a soldier in a nightclub, the Divinae Follie [Ed. a nightclub in Apulia]. He explained this “dichotomy” through his body: a dancer’s body is the same as a soldier’s body. Although seemingly opposed, they actually have many things in common: discipline, the choreography involved is almost pleasurable thanks to the extreme effort involved, you return home destroyed and exhausted. [..] That’s where the nucleus of the film took shape. But I’d also wanted to make a war film that was different from all the others for a long time. What I mean is that, in all the war films I’ve seen, the other doesn’t exist – they’re either a victim or an enemy, but either way, the other is only on screen for two minutes.” (Giacomo Abruzzese in an Interview with Davide Abbatiescanni, Cineuropa)


International Feature Film Program