Archive Cinema City 2012.

The Legend of Kaspar Hauser

La Leggenda di Kaspar Hauser

Genre: Drama | Mystery
Country: Italy
Year: 2012
Duration: 95 min

Director: Davide Manuli
Scenario: Davide Manuli

Cast: Vincent Gallo, Claudia Gerini, Elisa Sednaoui, Silvia Calderoni

Programme selection: 360°

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We are on a deserted and abandoned island, in a dimension without either place or time. A body, floating in the sea, comes to a beach: it is Kaspar Hauser, the heir to the throne of island, who disappeared for obscure reasons when he was still a small boy. It was Hauser’s destiny to come back alive, but his mind is apparently disturbed or lacking in clarity. The boy is cared for by the Sheriff of the island, who gives him a place to stay in the old jail. Since his arrival is the only novelty in the routine of the small community he will soon find out who his friends are (the Sheriff and the Clairvoyant) and who his enemies are (the Pusher and the Duchess).

Unfortunately his stay will not last long, as he will soon be dead and will return to the place where he came from: the sea.


International Film Festival Rotterdam, !F Istanbul (!f Cult), CPH PIX (Front Runners)


Davide MANULI (1967, Milan, Italy) studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute in New York. He acted in THE CONTENDERS (Tobias Meinecke, 1993) and in Peter Del Monte’s NELLE TUE MANI (2007), which won a Golden Globe. As a director, he was awarded the international critics' prize at the Locarno film festival for his film BEKET (2008).