The Caiman

  • Nanni Moretti
  • France, Italy
  • 2006
  • 112'
  • Il caimano

Bankrupt in his professional and personal life, Z-grade movie producer Bruno Bonomo – responsible for offerings such as Moccasin Assassins and Maciste Versus Freud – is finding it impossible to raise the money for his latest project, The Return of Christopher Columbus. Entangled in debts and his own weaknesses, struggling with a capsizing marriage and his wayward kids, Bruno is going under. By chance, he meets a young director Teresa who gives him her script, The Caiman. At first, he takes it for a half-hearted thriller but a more careful reading reveals a film about Berlusconi. He decides to do it; he will set up the production, find the lead actor, sort out the financing, all the while trying to pick up the pieces of his broken relationship. Yet in the midst of all this, a new spirit is awakened in Bruno Bonomo and washed up as he seems, he will find within himself the energy to pursue the project to its end. Nanni Moretti’s Palme d’Or-nominated political satire anticipated the 2013 sentence of the well-known Italian media-mogul and four-time prime minister. Many people believe the movie influenced the 2006 Italian general election.

Subtitles: HR

Nanni Moretti

A well-known Italian director, producer and actor. His filmography includes: The Mass is Ended (1985; Silver Bear at Berlinale), Dear Diary (1993; Best Director at Cannes), The Son’s Room (2001; Golden Palm at Cannes), We Have a Pope (2011) and My Mother (2015). He made his acting debut in the film Father and Master (1977) by the Taviani brothers and plays the lead in all his films. He produces films with his company Sacher Film and owns a movie theatre in Rome, Cinema Nuovo Sacher. In 1970, he played in Italy’s first water-polo division.

The Caiman

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Sacher Film, Bac Films, Stephan Films, France 3 Cinéma
Festivals & Awards
Cannes Film Festival 2006 – City of Rome Award; European Film Awards 2006 – Best Actor; Karlovy Vary Int’l Film Festival 2006; T-Mobile New Horizons Int’l Film Festival 2006; Toronto Film Critics Association Awards 2006; Busan Int’l Film Festival 2006; Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival 2006; Palm Springs Int’l Film Festival 2007

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