Yesterday, Francesco Munzi was awarded the Premio Mario Monicelli, the award for Best Director, for his film Anime Nere, Black Souls. Lucky for some of us, it opens in New York City and Detroit April 10, Phoenix, April 11, and Indianapolis May 2. Check back here and with Italian Film Festival USA for more cities and showtimes.
Based on a novel by Gioacchino Criaco and directed by Francesco Munzi, “Black Souls” is being called by some “the new Gomorra” but Anime Nere’s not just a mafia movie, It actually has a more compelling narrative than Garrone’s classic story of Naple’s Camorra.
In Black Souls, three brothers from a Calabrian crime family see the future of the family’s heroin/goat herding organization in different ways. The interactions are authentic and the dialogue in Calabrian dialect realistic; mafia movie aficionados will find the criminals in Anime Nere satisfying, those who just love a good family drama will be equally drawn in.
Congratulations to Francesco Munzi for this deserved honor.