‘Abusive ride’ A convincing metropolitan journey

Illegal racingthe first feature film directed by Andrea Bifulcopremiered at 21st Edition of RIFF (Roma Independent Film Festival. The film stars Gennaro Maresca, Vincent Antonucci, Dawn Giaquinto, Agostino Chiummariello And Adriana Serrapic.

A metropolitan journey on the border between salvation and damnation.

The protagonist of this film is an ordinary man, a victim, aware or not, of his own daily life. Francesco, for his friends Checco, sacrifices his days to provide for the needs of his family. At one point he gets lost, allowing himself to be kidnapped by the slums of an unusual Naples, with a noir flavor.

The plot of Illegal Corsa

Checco is an abusive Neapolitan taxi driver who works all hours of the day and night. Work takes him away from his wife Manuela and his daughter Sofia. The situation precipitates when Checco begins a dangerous collaboration with a drug dealer, Tony, who drags him into some shady deals.

A human story

Illegal racing begins with a suggestive overview of the Gulf of Naples. The viewer, however, must not be deceived. It is not the usual crime film of the Neapolitan city. And the feature film could probably have been shot anywhere else.

There is no doubt that Naples, with its beauties, its culture and its folklore; enters – discreetly – in the story of the film, but this never happens in a conventional way.

Andrea Bifulco he directs his first film, written together with Carlo Frigenti and Valentina Capasso, telling a human story without frills. It represents a story reduced to the bone, where the blurred boundary between light and shadow, reality and hallucination emerges. The characters are fragile entities ready to shatter into a thousand pieces, as happens for Checco and Tony.

Both characters, played by two very good actors, Gennaro Maresca (Gomorrah The Series) And Vincent Antonucci (The little saint) are not opposed, although their final clash is inevitable. Checco and Tony live in the same universe that pervades them with a strong loneliness. This transforms all the characters in the film into a kind of ghost lost in a mysterious and real vortex.


The sacrifice of work in illegal racing

Checco has turned his car into an illegal taxi and spends day and night running around the city to make ends meet. A life of sacrifice with the sole aim of satisfying the needs of the family, both close and distant.

The first part of Illegal racing shows its protagonist busy at work. There is no shortage of comic cues, such as the macaronic English used to attract tourists. The closeness of the camera to Checco and a quick editing, edited by Alberto Mancini, however, underline the fatigue and suffering.

Earnings at the end of the day are really poor and here comes Tony, which allows Checco to make easy money. The two begin to go around the city dealing drugs, first, and killing on commission, later. Thus the routine is shattered and all this overwhelms Checco, permanently removing him from his family.

A livid and dark Naples

Illegal racing was born as a short horror film”.

With these words, Andrea Bifulco tells the genesis of the film. The original idea was then expanded into a 93-minute feature film, but some traces remained in the narrative and visual fabric of the film.

Illegal racing it is a metropolitan journey through the streets of a livid, unusually rainy and dark Naples. The director makes the most of this setting, managing to be realistic and visionary, almost magical.


Reality and hallucinations

The film contains many references to reality. Unemployment and the fierce passion that binds every Neapolitan to the football team. Despite this, it is difficult to define Illegal racing a realistic film, because a ghostly scent is perceived, a dark force that tears its protagonist apart.

This is visually rendered with the intelligent use of technical tools, such as the particular light produced by the internal LEDs in Checco’s car. A touch that has a double meaning: if on the one hand it serves to characterize the protagonist, on the other it helps to enhance his hallucinations.

Visions and obsessions that arise in Checco’s mind, through the use of ketamine, but which in a certain way were already present in him. The drug, therefore, becomes a pretext to get out of his everyday life, leading the viewer into the intimacy of a character that he feels very close to.

A brave first work

The film is entirely shot in Checco’s taxi and only on a few occasions do we see him together with his family and never in a domestic environment. His home is the car, where he also gives vent to his erotic fantasies.

The tireless worker becomes a ghost tormented by himself and by his obsession with Viola, a young woman who becomes the only foothold in his immense solitude. The girl is real; however in Checco’s mind it becomes a hallucination, a vision, which manages to be both spectral and erotic. Viola, played by Dawn Giaquintofeeds that mysterious force that will push Checco towards a tragic ending.

Illegal racing it is an excellent first work, capable of interacting with several genres, always representing a coherent story. A courageous film, with a well-matched cast, made up of young interpreters and already established actors. A special applause goes to Agostino Chiummariello (Sea Out), who masterfully manages to give life to the character of the lawyer, finding a perfect balance between the grotesque, irony and cynicism.

  • The film is an Alchemia Pictures, EST Economics System And Techniques Srl production

Illegal Racing – Trailer – YouTube

‘Abusive ride’ A convincing metropolitan journey