“Bold, visceral, phantasmagorical…Franz Rogowski is haunted, intense and typically brilliant” – Carmen Gray, Sight & Sound
Big World Pictures is proud to present the US theatrical release of Giacomo Abbruzzese’s debut feature, DISCO BOY, winner of the 2023 Berlinale’s Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution. The film stars Franz Rogowski (PASSAGES; TRANSIT) as a Belarusian immigrant haunted by his actions as a mercenary in the French Foreign Legion. DISCO BOY will open at The Quad in New York City on February 2nd, and at Laemmle Theaters in LA on February 9th. A national release will follow.
Following a difficult journey across Europe, Aleksei (Franz Rogowski) reaches Paris—undocumented—and enlists in the French Foreign Legion, which will grant him a French passport in exchange for his service. In the Niger Delta, Jomo (Morr Ndiaye) fights against oil companies that threaten the survival of his village. Meanwhile, his sister Udoka (Laetitia Ky) dreams of escaping, knowing that all is already lost there. Beyond these borders, life and death, their destinies will intertwine.
“Through this scenario, debut-feature director Giacomo Abbruzzese investigates contemporary globalist Europe—the intertwined consequences of capitalism, militarism, and immigration—while also creating an interior portrait of the emotional fallout from violence and guilt. Abbruzzese’s ambitious film is a jarring, visually rich tale of exploitation and the possibility of transcendence.” – New Directors/New Films
Press Kit & Stills: http://bigworldpictures.org/films/discoboy/index.html
2023 // 92 min // Not Rated //
In French, English, Russian & Igbo, with English subtitles // France / Italy / Belgium / Poland
To request online link for review purposes please contact Sasha Berman at ShotwellMedia@gmail.com
A film by Giacomo Abbruzzese
Starring Franz Rogowski
Film opens February 2 at the Quad in NYC
Film opens February 9 at Laemmle Theaters in LA
Director Giacomo Abbruzzese is available for interviews