Illusions Perdues

Directed by: Antonio Manetti, Marco Manetti

After taking the best film prize at the 2017 David di Donatello awards, directors Antonio and Marco Manetti set their sights on Diabolik, a comic-origin cat burglar whose DNA carries traces of Fantômas, Robin Hood, and James Bond. The anti-hero started a tradition of pulp-serial storytelling in Italy, one with a distinctly cinematic lineage (the first Diabolik film was directed by genre master Mario Bava). Here, rising star Luca Marinelli (Martin Eden, The Old Guard) dons the mask. “Having routed the Clerville police, the masked criminal known as Diabolik already has a new target: the sublime Eva Kant, a wealthy heiress who is due to arrive in town soon, a legendary pink diamond in her suitcases … More than fifty years after Bava’s adaptation, the famous fumetti character returns to the big screen in a modern version that is as respectful as it is stylized” (Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival, Switzerland).

Cast: Luca Marinelli, Miriam Leone, Valerio Mastandrea

133 min
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[Horák] matches each of the film’s periods to a different style: the 1960s to the Czech New Wave, the 1970s to normalization films, and the 1980s to documentary-like grainy footage. The stylisation enables a fine adjustment of dramatic effects”

(Martin Kudláč, Cineuropa).


  • Bulgarian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards 2018
  • Golden Rose Festival of Bulgarian film: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Critics Gild Award and Audience Award
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