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The Legend of Kaspar Hauser
La leggenda di Kaspar Hauser
dir. Davide Manuli / Italy 2012 / 95’
subtitles: Polish and English


Silvia Calderoni, Vincent Gallo, Claudia Gerini, Elisa Sednaoui, Fabrizio Gifuni, Marco Lampis

Film description

Vincent Gallo plays twin roles (sheriff and dealer) amid surreal dialogues, delirious images, and the pulsing electro of acclaimed French DJ Vitalic in a techno-western retelling of this story, set on a post-apocalyptic island X, surrounded by sea Y, in year 0. The mysterious Kaspar Hauser (played by a bleach-blonde boyish Silvia Calderoni) emerges from the sea as a gorgeous hermaphrodite with a mind that dances between madness and sanctity, delivered in shredded words from foaming lips while seizures ravage his body.

The black-and-white images are perfect background for the stunning Calderoni, whose poisonous charm conveys surreal convulsive beauty. The Legend of Kaspar Hauser physically impresses upon your body before infecting the mind.

Prepared by: Ewa Szabłowska

Information about director

Davide Manuli

Davide Manuli (born in 1967 in Milan) studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute in New York. He acted in The Contenders (dir. Tobias Meinecke, 1993) and in Peter Del Monte’s Nelle tue mani (2007), which won a Golden Globe. As a director, he was awarded the international critics’ prize at the Locarno film festival for his film Beket (2008).


1998 Girotondo, giro intorno al mondo

2006 Inauditi-Inuit! (doc.)

2008 Beket

2012 Legenda Kaspara Hausera / La leggenda di Kaspar Hauser / The Legend of Kaspar Hauser

Prepared by: Ewa Szabłowska


director: Davide Manuli
screenplay: Davide Manuli
cinematography: Tarek Ben Abdallah
editing: Rosella Mocci
music: Vitalic
cast: Silvia Calderoni, Vincent Gallo, Claudia Gerini, Elisa Sednaoui, Fabrizio Gifuni, Marco Lampis
producer: Alessandro Bonifazi, Davide Manuli, Bruno Tribbioli
production: Blue Film, Shooting Hope Productions, Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali, Regione Autonoma della Sardegna
sales: Intramovies
language: Italian, English
colouration: b&w
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