DOK Leipzig 28 October – 3 November 2019
62nd International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
DOK Leipzig Film Festival

Funeralopolis. A Suburban Portrait

Funeralopolis. A Suburban Portrait

Losing senses is often the path to finding meaning. Drug paraphernalia in the tiny dirty train toilet. Cut. A belt around a thin upper arm. Fade to black. A needle hanging from a vein. Fade to black. A trickle of blood on the arm. Can you use the water here to wash yourself? Better not. We meet Vash and Felce between Bresso, Sesto San Giovanni and Milan. Vash is younger than Felce, cheerful, with his hair in something that makes him look “like a mushroom”. Felce used to study architecture. They make music, party and take drugs.

Alessandro Redaelli used to shoot juice commercials featuring colourfully dressed and laughing young people. But in this film there are no colours. Some laughing though – and crying. Everything races past and we don’t know where. This “suburban portrait” deals with vanities and fashion, provocation and the right timing. Redaelli insists that his film is not about heroin and definitely not an educational film about the consequences of addiction. To him it’s a film about two friends looking for a meaning in life.

Carolin Weidner


Original Title: Funeralopolis. A Suburban Portrait
Country: Italy
Year: 2017
Language: Italian
Subtitle: English
Runtime: 94 min.
Format: DCP
Color: B&W
Director: Alessandro Redaelli
Producer: Barbara Guieu
Cinematographer: Alessandro Radaelli
Editor: Daniele Fagone, Ruggero Melis, Alessandro Redaelli
Music: Ruggero Melis
Sound: Michele Benedetti
Script: Daniele Fagone, Ruggero Melis, Alessandro Redaelli

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig 2018 catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author's name. All articles where no author’s name is given are production notes.