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Director:  Claudio Caligari

Length:  100 mins

Cast:  Luca Marinelli, Alessandro Borghi, Roberta Mattei, Silvia D'Amico, Alessandro Bernardin

Genre:  Drama

Language:  In Italian with English subtitles


In 2015, Italy nominated "Don't Be Bad" for entry into the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film and I can see why. This film is not what it seems on the surface and is a clever and deep exploration of friendship, hope and life in the outskirts of Rome.

The Director, Claudio Caligari is considered a cult director. "Don't Be Bad" was his final film and he passed away after finishing it so never saw the critical acclaim he garnered.


  • Silver Ribbon – Venice Film Festival 2015
  • Best Cinematography and Best Sound - Nastro d'Argento Awards 2016
  • Best Sound - David di Donatello Awards 2016
  • Best Film, Best Actor - Nuovolmaie Talent Award for Best Italian Actor in a Debut Film
  • Best Italian Film - Sorriso Diverso Venezia Award




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