Wish Vinicio Marchioni a happy birthday on Twitter – @vmvinicio – and watch his best film, available on Netflix with subtitles, 20 Sigarette.
Director Aureliano Amadei’s autobiographical experience in Iraq is an Italian action movie, with blood, bombs, and explosions. You don’t see that everyday.
20 Sigarette is Amadei’s story and his movie is about his tragically short stint as an assistant director on a film shot in Iraq in 2003, so short that he hadn’t even finished his 20th cigarette when a suicide bomber smashed the gates of the military compound he was staying at and killed nearly everyone but him.
This extremely realistic drama is still all-Italian in nature; it’s exciting, but also tender, heartbreaking, and even funny in a very goofy way that may seem out of context on paper but works well. It’s a war movie, but it’s the story of a draft-dodging half-ass, played by Marchioni, who finds himself in the middle of a war zone and how it changes him.