Disco Boy

Aleksei is a young Belarusian on the run from a past he must bury. Entering into a kind of Faustian pact, he becomes a member of the French Foreign Legion in exchange for the promise of French citizenship. Far away in the Niger Delta, Jomo is a revolutionary activist engaged in an armed struggle to defend his community. Aleksei is a soldier, Jomo a guerrilla fighter. As a result of one more senseless war, their destinies will intertwine. What is “otherness” and how do you absorb it into who you are as you go through life, cross borders and find yourself inhabiting an ever-changing physical and mental space? Giacomo Abbruzzese exhibits a remarkable sense of out-of-the-box thinking and inventiveness as he explores such questions in a visually striking work. (Berlinale)

Director's Filmography (Selection)
Disco Boy (2023) - America (2020, mid-length doc) - Fame (2017, mid-length doc) - Stella Maris (2014, short) - This Is the Way (2014, doc short) - Archipel (2010, short)
CROSSING EUROPE AWARDS
2023: CROSSING EUROPE Award - Best Fiction Film
Competition Fiction 2023
Giacomo Abbruzzese
France / Italy / Belgium / Poland 2023
color
91 minutes
French / English / Igbo / Polish
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Giacomo Abbruzzese
Cinematography Hélène Louvart
Editing Fabrizio Federico, Ariane Boukerche, Giacomo Abbruzzese
Sound/Sounddesign Marta Billingsley, Piergiorgio De Luca, Simon Apostolou, Guilhem Donzel
Music Vitalic
With Franz Rogowski, Morr Ndiaye, Laëtitia Ky, Leon Lučev, Matteo Olivetti
Producer(s) Lionel Massol, Pauline Seigland, Giulia Achilli, Marco Alessi, André Logie, Gaëtan David, Maria Blicharska, Arno Moria
Production
Films Grand Huit, Dugong Films, Panache Productions, La Compagnie Cinématographique, Donten & Lacroix, DIVISION
World Sales
Charades
Austrian Premiere
Austrian Rights
Filmladen
World Premiere
Berlinale 2023
Content notes