by Davide Maldi
Documentary | Italy | Italian | 85’ | 2019

At dusk, a fourteen-year-old boy carries food into his family’s cowshed for the last time. His life in the mountains is about to come to an end: he is enrolling in catering school to learn the trade as quickly as possible. The school is renowned for its strict teaching methods: students learn that the customer is the fundamental purpose of their work and the source of their fortune. The lessons on cooking, dining room etiquette, law and religion, repeated day after day, make them endlessly confront their weaknesses, insecurities and skills. At the end of the year Luca, immaculate in his black uniform with shiny shoes, will walk into the great hall and face the first test of his new career as a waiter and future maître d’hôtel.


Year: 2019
Production Countries: Italy
Runtime: 85
Original Language: Italian
Subtitles: English
Director: Davide Maldi
Script: Davide Maldi e Micol Rubini
Cinematography: Davide Maldi
Editor: Enrica Gatto
Sound Design & Music: Freddie Murphy e Chiara Lee

Locarno Film Festival – Cineasti del Presente
Festival du film Italien de Annecy
Gijon International Film Festival – Rellumes Section
DokLeipzig – Latest Harvest
Torino Film Festival

Davide Maldi
born in Rome in 1983, graduated from the Roman School of Comics, he began working as an illustrator and storyboard artist for cinema. He attended the Faculty of Performing Arts and Sciences at La Sapienza in Rome.
Since 2001 he has worked as a director producing films, documentaries and social research works; he also collaborates with many experimental theater companies and visual art project. In 2008 he won an artistic residency at the New York Film Academy in New York. In 2014, his first feature film, Frastuono, was presented at the international competition of the 32nd Turin Film Festival. In 2017 he founded L’Altauro, a cultural association with the aim of developing and producing cinematographic works and artistic projects.





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