Children of the night

A film by Andrea de Sica, 2016

Genre: Drama

Language: Italian

Subtitles: English, French

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Duration: 90′

Countries: Italy, Belgium

Year: 2016



Giulio, a seventeen-year-old from a well-to-do family, is sent to a boarding school. In this isolated place in the Alps, where iron-clad rules limit all contact with the outside, he makes friends with Edoardo, who is rather odd. Their friendship is sealed by frequent escapes at night, when the surveillance of the students seems to lapse. They begin to frequent a nightclub hidden in the forest, which becomes a refuge for the two young men. This is where they meet Elena, a prostitute, and become fond of her. Suddenly, they discover that the transgressions they have kept hidden are actually part of the school’s educational program. And yet there must be a way for them to become truly free…



Director: Andrea de Sica

Script: Andrea De Sica
Image: Stefano Falivene

Production design: Dimitri Capuani

Costumes: Sabine Zapittelli

Make-up: Esma Allaoui
Sound: Antoine Vandendriessche
Editing: Alberto Masi
Sound mix: Philippe Charbonnel

Cast: Fabrizio Rongione, Vanessa Compagnucci, Vincenzo Crea


Produced by Marta Donzelli and Gregorio Paonessa (Vivo Films – Italy)

Coproduced by Joseph Rouschop and Valérie Bournonville (Tarantula Belgium)


International sales : Reel Suspects


Torino IFF, Competition

Brussels IFFF

Bolzano Bozen FF

Bari IFF

Raindance FF



Andrea de Sica was born on December 30, 1981 in Rome (Lazio). Director and screenwriter, he is known to have directed Mia and me (2011) and L’inferno sono gli altri (2007).