The Inner Cage (Ariaferma)

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Film Info
Original Title:Ariaferma
Program:Italian Film Festival
Release Year:2021
Runtime:117 min
Website:Official Website
Print Source:Vision Distribution
Director:Leonardo Di Costanzo
Producer:Carlo Cresto-Dina
Cinematographer:Luca Bigazzi
Screenwriter:Leonardo Di Costanzo
Bruno Oliviero
Valia Santella
Editor:Carlotta Cristiani
Composer:Pasquale Scialò
Principal Cast:Toni Servillo
Silvio Orlando
Fabrizio Ferracane
Salvatore Striano
Roberto De Francesco
Pietro Giuliano
Nicola Sechi
Leonardo Capuano
Antonio Buil
Giovanni Vastarella
Francesca Ventriglia



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A decaying prison in modern-day Italy is on the verge of shutting down. When bureaucracy gets in the way, a dozen inmates, together with a handful of guards, are left behind. Isolated from the rest of the world, rules become fluid. New dynamics form. Gaetano (Toni Servillo: The Great Beauty, The Hand of God), head of the prison guards, and mafia boss Lagioia (Silvio Orlando: The Caiman, The Ties) must seek common ground to keep the peace between the inmates and the guards. In this tense prison drama, director Leonardo Di Costanzo continues to explore the human soul beyond the conventional, and expertly captures the danger and absurdity of prison life. Once again, Di Costanzo relays a story that poignantly addresses both the specific and the universal.


Having graduated from the University of Naples in 1992, Leonardo Di Costanzo moved to Paris, where he gained valuable directorial experience in documentaries, receiving awards in many international festivals. His first feature film, L’intervallo (The Interval), was screened at the Venice Film Festival and won, among many others, a David di Donatello award for Best New Director. L’intrusa (The Intruder), his second film, was shortlisted at Cannes in the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs category. With the segment "L'avant-poste", he participated in the collective production "Bridges of Sarajevo", selected at Cannes for the Séances Spéciales category.


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Produttore Esecutivo

Luigi Bernardi &


Assitente di produzione

Albert and Susan Colianni Family
Astrid Garino and Massimo Costalonga


Catherine Allan
Nancy Azzam
Bill and Sandra Gengler
Jeff Lotz
Andrea and Vittorio Raimondi

Aiuto Regista

Vito Bongiorno
Brian Balleria and Joan Bechtold
Ann Burns
Denise and Giacomo D'Aurora
Elizabeth Fletcher
Stefano Perugini
Joe Pingatore
Nassim and Federico Rossi
Penelope Scialla
David Yarusso

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