Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

THE GREY ZONE
(Le Mani forti)

Year: 1997
Country: Italy
Run Time: 92 minutes

Contrary to current lore, the US does not have the lead in conspiracies and mad bombers. Italy, for one, is where scandal-stained governments topple regularly, terrorism strikes without warning and the notorious Mafia is but a measure by which state secret services and covert operations set their own ruthless codes of silence. Milan, 1985: An explosion in a public square claims numerous lives, including the sister of Claudia Martinelli. Shattered, Claudia studies to be a psychoanalyst, to help others cope with their pain. Years later, one of her first patients is a press correspondent, overwhelmed with guilt over the Bosnian carnage he beheld. Yet his description of casualties - bombing in a public square - sounds startlingly similar to the unsolved Milan outrage. The press agency denies any knowledge of the man, who visits for further therapy sessions which only compound Claudia's suspicions. Is this a demented liar? The elusive murderer, making his confession? Or something worse? The answer plunges Claudia into an underworld of informants, assassins and accusers. In the tradition of "Z" comes a live-wire political thriller and emotional minefield, activated and primed to detonate in seven . . . six . . . five . . . four . . . (In Italian with English subtitles)

Screenplay
Franco Bernini, Maura Nuccetelli

Director
Franco Bernini

Producer
Domenico Procacci

Cinematography
Paolo Camera

Editing
Esmeralda Calabria

Principal Cast
Francesca Neri, Claudio Amendola, Enzo Decaro, Toni Bertorelli, Massimo De Francovich

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