THE MAN WHO BOUGHT THE MOON by Paolo Zucca,  IT A/ARG/ALB 2018 , 102 min, DCP.
Italian with English subtitles.
Opening Film, Swiss Premiere
  • Director: Paolo Zucca
  • Screenplay: Paolo Zucca, Barbara Alberti, Geppi Cucciari
  • Cinematography: Ramiro Civita
  • Editing: Sarah McTeigue
  • Cast: Jacopo Cullin, Stefano Fresi, Francesco Pannofino, Benito Urgu, Lazar Ristovski, Angela Molina
  • Producer: Amedeo Pagani, Nicola Giuliano, Daniel Burman, Genc Permeti
  • Production: La Luna, Indigo Film with Rai Cinema in coproduction with Oficina Burman & Ska-Ndal Production
  • Distributor: Glorious Films
  • Contact: Gaetano Maiorino,
  • Festivals: Festival del Cinema Italiano di Ajaccio, Les rencontres du cinéma italien à Toulouse, Busan, Rome


When a bizarre memo shocks the Italian secret services’ apparatus with the news that someone in Sardinia has become the owner of the moon, two agents launch a cover mission to dispatch an operative on site and investigate the issue. Pressured by the Americans and finding himself at the centre of a global response effort, this man must blend in with the locals, which is why he's assigned a special tutor in Sardinian language, manners and spirit. Rediscovering his own roots, the faux Milanese Kevin Pinelli must transform into Gavino Zoccheddu, the archetype of Sardinian masculinity.  

Much like Valerio Mieli does in drama, Paolo Zucca navigates the well-trodden path of Italian comedy with a wholly original spirit, replicating the idiosyncratic, confined and absurdist humor of L'ARBITRO (2. SFFF) on a bigger scale. Piercing irreverent holes in the strong armor of community identity, he returns to Sardinia with a lighthearted tale that even in its broader comedic lunges manages to be weirder and more soulful than what audiences expect. screening

screening on  9.4.19 / 19:30
Opening Film

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Paolo Zucca
Born 1972 in Cagliari. After a degree in Modern Literature, he studied at the RAI School of Film and Television, then graduated from the N.U.C.T at Cinecittà Studios. Has has also written and directed short films, documentaries and commercials. Paolo lives between Sardinia and Rome.

The Man Who Bought The Moon
2013 L‘Arbitro
2013 Bella Di Notte
2011 Cuore Di Clown
2007 Colibrì
2007 Cabrio
2005 Banana Rossa
2002 Il Leone