Having been shot in the chest by his only real friend Genny, Ciro sinks down into the dark waters of the Gulf of Naples. As he drifts towards the depths, memories float upwards. Faint sounds find their way through the cold embrace of the water – muffled screams of panic! It’s 1980. A devastating earthquake sends buildings crashing down. Yet from underneath the rubble, the cry of a newborn baby emerges. It is none other than Ciro di Marzio. From that day on, he will be known as The Immortal. Years later, Ciro survives even that fateful gunshot. What they say is true: no one and nothing can kill the Immortal. From his past as an orphan to his present-day Baltic exile, from his first petty thefts to all-out gang warfare: Ciro confronts head-on whatever comes his way, in a world in which immortality is just another form of damnation.
“Ciro di Marzio, known as ‘L’Immortale’, is absolute evil: his ferocity, the gratuitous violence. Yet there’s also the sudden tenderness of his caress, his compassion for those in pain, his heroic sacrifices. Ciro is a mountain that can’t be climbed or else a bottomless abyss, depending on one’s point of view. He is a human being in his totality: conflicted, three-dimensional. I believe he is as powerful a character as the great protagonists of stage classics, like Hamlet or Iago in Shakespeare, or Caligola in Camus. In all the years I’ve spent with this character, I’ve never stopped thinking about him. Asking him questions as if he were an oracle of darkness. Seeing him in dreams and nightmares. This obsession of mine has driven me to think up infinite possible plots to broaden the canvas and probe the origins of this story.” [Marco D’Amore]