They Call Me Jeeg Robot

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Italy | 2015 | 112 minutes | Gabriele Mainetti

This Italian superhero movie is no glossy Marvel blockbuster, but instead explores the grittiness of the organized crime world, this generation's obsession with celebrity, and the responsibility that comes with privilege.

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Enzo can't believe his luck when what seemed like a deadly illness after plunging into a drum of toxic waste actually gives him superhuman strength and speed. Now he can finally go from poor low-level criminal to rich low-level criminal—if only the ATM he pulled out of the wall didn't ink all the bills. He stumbles toward a moral crossroads, however, when he ends up saving Alessia, the daughter of his dead co-criminal, from a gang of fame-hungry mobsters and she naively believes him to be her knight in shining armor. Now that Enzo has these powers, he's got to figure out if he's going to remain the deadbeat mooch he's been all his life, or rise to the occasion of being a noble man like the main character in Alessia's favorite cartoon series, "Steel Jeeg." This Italian superhero movie is no glossy Marvel blockbuster, but instead explores the relevant grittiness of the organized crime world, this generation's obsession with celebrity, and the responsibility that comes with privilege.

Director Biography
Italian filmmaker Gabriele Mainetti has directed a variety of short films, such as Tiger Boy, which won awards at the Flickerfest International Film Festival in Australia and the Brest European Short Film Festival in France. They Call Me Jeeg Robot is his debut feature film.

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  • Original Language Title: Lo chiamavano Jeeg Robot
  • Director: Gabriele Mainetti
  • Principal Cast: Claudio Santamaria, Luca Marinelli, Stefano Ambrogi, Ilenia Pastorelli
  • Premiere Status: North American Premiere
  • Country: Italy
  • Year: 2015
  • Running Time: 112 minutes
  • Producer: Jacopo Saraceni
  • Screenplay: Nicola Guaglianone, Menotti
  • Cinematographers: Michele D'Attanasio
  • Editors: Andrea Maguolo
  • Music: Michele Braga, Gabriele Mainetti
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: Italian
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Uncorkā€™d Entertainment
  • International Sales: Rai Film