Stabat Mater (movie)

Gianni Cardillo

Feature Movie - Drama | 90' (development fund already on stage) | Bari Vecchia | Italiano


Stabat Mater narrates how a kid who dreamt of a normal life becomes a young gangster.

It’s a hard story, essential, dramatic, yet full of funny, ironic and sweet moments. Timeless, like a fairy tale, but in a fully realistic set. It takes place in the beautiful, sneaky and chaotic town of Bari Vecchia “old Bari”, but it’s a universal tale.

The 13-year old Riccardo is absorbed by a drug-addicted mother (Maja) and a 9-month old brother (Giulio), to whom he must act like a father. He is prisoner of his own destiny, on the path of crime, in spite of him dreaming of a normal life. To fulfil this dream, Riccardo takes a tough and painful decision, but in the end the only beneficiary is the person chosen as the “sacrificial lamb”: baby Giulio. On the contrary, Riccardo will end up being victim of himself, defeated by his own destiny.


Crime, Drama, Feature Movie, Italiano, Local, Mafia, Original Ip, Racial Diversity, Social Issues, Teenager Drama

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