After killing her husband, Rosa runs away with her sweetheart, cowboy Santino. Wrongly accused of the murder, he ends up with a huge bounty on his head and becomes the symbol of a local uprising. Everyone wants the cowboy’s head and only Rosa can put an end to this.

We would like to make a "pastoral western," set in post-unification Italy, between the end of brigandage and early industrialization. An Italy to which Buffalo Bill's Circus had already brought the American myth of the West.

The conflicts that ran through our country were not so different from those in America recounted by so-called Revisionist Westerns: a time of instability, of new laws and new masters, a time of change, where the rules were few and confusing; a world of soldiers, guards, and outlaws. Italy of that period is a country at the dawn of modernity focused on profit, individualism, and bureaucracy that gradually takes the place of a deeply archaic, peasant, and feudal world.

The film is the story of Santino and Rosa's love and their desperate flight to nowhere seen through the ironic and deforming mirror of oral history in which the truth is always elsewhere, the facts never coinciding with their narrative. A murder makes Santino a hero to some, and an outlaw to others. Rosa is the only one who cares about the truth of the story, her story, until she realizes that this is not that important to others, because no one believes her. Rosa projects - even in a dreamlike way - her desires onto Santino: to love but also to hate, to emancipate herself, to escape and reinvent herself in escape.

Every hero is such as long as he holds up his story, whether true or false it is.

Alessio Rigo De Righi, Matteo Zoppis
Alessio Rigo De Righi, Matteo Zoppis, Tommaso Bertani
Alessio Rigo De Righi, Matteo Zoppis, Carlo Salsa
Altri credits

Giacomo Lamborizio (Responsabile sviluppo)

Tommaso Bertani, Olivia Musini, Alex Lo, SAcha Ben Harroche
Ring Film, Cinemaundici, Cinema Inutile, Felix Culpa, Rai Cinema
con il sostegno di Film Commission Torino Piemonte - Piemonte Film Tv Development Fund - giugno 2022; Ministero della cultura - contributi selettivi di sviluppo e pre-produzione - luglio 2022; CineMArt / Eurimages Co-production Development Award - febbraio 2023
Last update: 12 April 2024