Piranhas (2019 film)

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Film poster
Directed byClaudio Giovannesi
Produced byCarlo Degli Esposti
Nicola Serra
Written byClaudio Giovannesi
Roberto Saviano
Maurizio Braucci
Based onThe Piranhas: The Boy Bosses of Naples
by Roberto Saviano
Music byAndrea Moscianese
Claudio Giovannesi
CinematographyDaniele Ciprì
Edited byGiuseppe Trepiccione
Distributed byVision Distribution
Release date
  • 12 February 2019 (2019-02-12) (Berlin)
Running time
105 minutes
Box office$10,940[1]

Piranhas (Italian: La paranza dei bambini) is a 2019 Italian drama film directed by Claudio Giovannesi. It was selected to compete for the Golden Bear at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival[2], where it won the Silver Bear for Best Screenplay.[3]


A group of 15-year-old boys from the Rione Sanità in Naples, dreaming to gain power and easy money, makes their way onto the city's world of crime. In the unconsciousness of their age, they live between good and evil deeds, thinking that crime can be their only chance of life.


  • Francesco Di Napoli as Nicola
  • Viviana Aprea as Letizia
  • Alfredo Turitto as Biscottino
  • Ar Tem as Tyson
  • Carmine Pizzo as Limone
  • Ciro Pellechia as Lollipop
  • Ciro Vecchione as 'O Russ
  • Luca Nacarlo as Cristian
  • Mattia Piano Del Balzo as Briatò
  • Pasquale Marotta as Agostino Striano
  • Valentina Vannino as Nicola's mother


The film received critical acclaim.[4] The Upcoming gave it five stars out of five.[5]

Awards and nominations[edit]


  1. ^ "Piranhas". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 11 August 2019.
  2. ^ "Selection for Competition and Berlinale Special Completed". berlinale. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Berlinale, 'La paranza' Orso d'argento alla sceneggiatura. Saviano: "Dedico il premio alle ong che salvano migranti"". La Repubblica. 16 February 2019. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  4. ^ "'La paranza' di Saviano emoziona Berlino: "Per quei ragazzi la vita è un videogame in cui non si vince mai"". La Repubblica. 12 February 2019. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  5. ^ Harvey, Mary-Catherine. "Berlin Film Festival 2019: Piranhas (La Paranza dei Bambini) - Review". Retrieved 17 February 2019.

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