Turin, 1909. Cesare Lombroso, the world-famous founder of the School of Criminal An-thropology, arrives at the isolated mansion of Lazar, an elderly illusionist. Lombroso, at-tracted to Spiritualism, challenges Lazar: to prove that the supernatural exists and that it may be the cause of a heinous crime. 

What could have unleashed the murderous fury in the young seminarian Tommaso and what binds him to the paranormal faculties of Lazar and his son Lorenzo? Is it illusionism or is there something real? 

The ancient and decadent house of Lazar hides many truths and Lombroso's scientific vi-sion will have to open up to new perspectives.

Larvae is an independent short film that moves between science, doubt and mysterious forces. Inspired by the real historical figure, the famous and infamous, the celebrated and reviled Cesare Lombroso, who even wrote a paper released after his death in 1909 entit-led “Research on Hypnothic and Spiritualistic phenomena”. But that's not all.

Larvae tell us about the dark side, the inexplicable and the consequenc-es of human feelings.

Alessandro Rota con la collaborazione di Stewart Arnold
Director of photography
Gerardo Fornari
Film Editor
Set Design
Maurizio Corigliano e Sergio Luca Loreni (Inverno Workshop)
Costume Design
Agostino Porchietto Sartoria: De Valle
Original Music
Special Effects
Enrico De Palo
Erika Truffelli
Altri credits

Alessia M. S. Giorda (coordinamento rievocatori storici); Imago Vfx (post-produzione); Massimiliano Nicotra (macchinista); Ouvert (mezzi tecnici); Cristina Limonta (operatore subacqueo).

Cast and characters

Roberto Accornero (Cesare Lombroso), Stewart Arnold (Lazar), Niccolò Fontana (Lorenzo), Fabio Renis (Tommaso), Cristiano Falcomer (Padre Superiore), Andrea Zirio (assistente di Lombroso), Maurizio Corigliano (assistente di Lombroso), Leo Mattia Ghezzo (Lorenzo bambino)

Executive production
Federico Dedo Gorgoglione
Officine Ianós, RedDress
con il supporto di Film Commission Torino Piemonte. Con la preziosa collaborazione di Direzione Regionale Musei Piemonte - Castello di Agliè, Astut - Archivio Scientifico e Tecnologico dell’Università di Torino, Fondazione Asti Musei, Comune di Traversella (TO), Comune di Asti, Comune di Govone (CN), Comune di Dogliani (CN), Comune di Saluzzo (CN), Parco Naturale del Monviso, Associazione Le Vie del Tempo
Last update: 02 December 2021