They called them Freak

A year of shooting, budget consumed up to the last cent. Then the pandemic that closed theaters and the categorical no to sell the film to streaming platforms. But now, six years after his explosive They called him Jeeg Robot , he arrives in competition at the Venice Film Festival (and in the hall from 28 October) the second work, very troubled, by Gabriele Mainetti, Freaks Out . The cover story of the Friday tomorrow on newsstands is dedicated to the film in which the Roman director and producer tells Alberto Piccinini for the first time why he wanted to cast his special protagonists that they work in a circus (an electric girl, a wolfwere, a dwarf who attracts metals, a young man, Pietro Castellitto, who rules insects) in Nazi-occupied Rome, amidst bombs and persecutions. “The hybridization between the various genres” explains Mainetti “is the true contemporary genre.” Among the most important figures there is, of course, the villain, a Nazi with six fingers and a cleft lip. “I wanted to tell a lonely man, a psychopath who wants to be accepted in a world of Nazis, and to understand his frailties”. Why did Mainetti, like many other authors, not want to distribute the film in streaming in the last year and a half? “I confess that I gave up on figures that would have paid off the investment,” he says, “but I have always believed that Freaks Out should be released. tablet and smartphone “.

The cover story of Friday ends with an article in which Alba Solaro reconstructs the passion of cinema for circus phenomena, from the masterpiece of 1932 by Tod Browning, Freaks in fact, to The Greatest Showman , from The Rocky Horror Picture Show to Elephant Man , from Indivisible to the extreme Skin of the Spanish Eduardo Casanova.

In the same issue there is also a report by Marta Bellingreri from Mosul, who is being reborn, the story of the now abandoned gold mine in Sardinia, which left a devastated and poisoned land, by Angelo Ferracuti, the passionate life of the god of Karl Lagerfeld fashion told by Natalia Aspesi ( preview on the website ), an investigation by Simone Mosca on how to sell online the market for old books is changing and an interview by Marco Consoli with Viggo Mortensen about his film Falling (which he wrote, directed and starred in), a painful story of a gay son and a homophobic father.