Yuri Ancarani

Written by Yuri Ancarani / Photography Yuri Ancarani e Mauro Chiarello / Editing Yuri Ancarani e Yves Beloniak / Starring Daniele Barison, Maila Dabalà, Bianka Berenyi, Alberto Tedesco / Produced by Dugong Films e Rai Cinema

France/Italy/USA, 2021 – 104’



Cinema De Seta

Efebo Perspectives

Daniele, a young man, lives in Sant’Erasmo, one of the islands of the Venice lagoon. He lives by his wits and is maginalised also by his peers, who share an intensely entertaining life centred on the ‘barchino’’s religion, a worship practice aimed at transforming the traditional, small motor boats used in the lagoon into dangerous, missile-like, competition boats by engineering increasingly powerful engines. Daniele also dreams of having a record-hitting ‘barchino’. The degradation spoiling the relationships, environment, and the life of a drifting generation is analysed through the eyes of Venice’s timeless landscape. The point of no return is reached with a foolish, parallel story of a violent male initiation that is bound to fail, but explodes and pulls the ghost city into a psychedelic ruin.


2022-Yuri Ancarani

Born in 1972, Yuri Ancarani is an Italian video-artist and director. His works are an everchanging mix of documentary, cinema and art, and the research behind them is often aimed at exploring the grey areas of daily life that the artist himself ventures to penetrate. His last feature film, Atlantide, filmed in the Venice lagoon was released in cinemas in 2021. It was selected to compete in the Horizon section of the 78th edition of the Venice Film Festival and as best documentary at the David di Donatello Awards in 2022.