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IFF21 The Predators

18+ 109 MIN
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Winner of Best New Director at the 2021 David di Donatello Awards, actor/director Pietro Castellitto delivers an entertaining black comedy which sees two families from opposing social backgrounds collide.

The Pavone and Vismara families are complete opposites. One bourgeois and intellectual, while the other proletarian and Fascist, these apparently contrary family units share the same jungle: Rome. A trivial accident brings the two together and the madness of a 25-year-old will set them on a collision course, revealing that everyone has a secret, no one is what they seem - and we are all predators.

Buoyed by an inspired ensemble cast and featuring a vast network of characters, including an assistant professor obsessed with the mystery of Nietzsche’s virginity (Castellitto); his father, a philandering doctor (Massimo Popolizio); his filmmaker mother (Manuela Mandracchia); a brash gun-shop clerk (Giorgio Montanini) and many others, The Predators goes to absurd lengths to reveal harsh, hilarious truths about class structure in contemporary Italy.


WINNER – David di Donatello Awards 2021, Best New Director 

WINNER – Nastro d’Argento Awards 2021, Best New Director, Best Supporting Actor 

WINNER – Venice Film Festival 2020, Venice Horizons Award Best Screenplay 

OFFICIAL SELECTION – Open Roads: New Italian Cinema 2021 


"Weaves the lives of several social classes together into a tapestry of avoidable errors caused by vanity, selfishness, arrogance, and lust. "

- International Cinephile Society

"An entertaining comedy tinged with black humour."

- Cineuropa

"A radical and chic film."

- Spietati

Movie Information

Release date

Wednesday 20th October


109 min




Massimo Popolizio, Pietro Castellitto, Manuela Mandracchia, Giorgio Montanini


Pietro Castellitto


Film Festival


Italian with English subtitles

Participating Cinemas

Palace Balwyn Cinema, Palace James Street, Palace Barracks, Palace Norton St, Palace Brighton Bay, Palace Cinema Como, Palace Verona, Palace Westgarth, Pentridge Cinema, Chauvel Cinema, Palace Electric, Palace Byron Bay, Palace Central Sydney, Kino Cinema, Palace Raine Square