by Federico Cadenazzi
Italy, 2023, 4x10’, color
03 December 21:15 - Cineteca Milano Arlecchino
Episode 1
04 December 21:15 - Cineteca Milano Arlecchino
Episode 2
05 December 21:15 - Cineteca Milano Arlecchino
Episode 3
06 December 18:30 - Cineteca Milano Arlecchino
Episode 4

Italica Noir is a true crime series that combines animation techniques and historical reconstructions infused with the typical atmosphere of film noir and noir fiction, as a way of investigating the most bloody and sensational crimes in Italian history. After the success of the first season – narrated by Adriano Giannini – the second season, Italica Noir: I ferri del mestiere (“The Tools of the Trade”) has arrived. To the voice of rapper Jake La Furia, four episodes by different directors show the various forms taken by Milan’s criminal underground, from the 1940s to the 1980s. From gunfights, heists, and spectacular getaways to prostitution rings and kidnappings, the criminals worked in gangs or went solo, sharpening their wits, developing friendships, gentlemen’s agreements and non-aggression pacts.

Girolamo Lucania
Jake La Furia
Gabriele Bollassa
Alessandro Bellandi

Dimitri Scarlato
Infinity LAB
Grey Ladder Productions

Federico Cadenazzi, an AD on ads by various name brands, has worked in animation in Amsterdam and Paris. He co-founded the Microfilmstudio, acting as animation director, supervisor, and art director. His short film Riflessi was shortlisted for a David di Donatello, while his animated web series Red Bull – F1 Sketches took the top prize in Best web series ADV at the Black Star Film Festival and the Austin Film Festival. Cadenazzi’s animated video Gentle Eyes in the Gloom was a finalist at the Lift-Off Session. His animation project Baby Death made the shortlist at the Milano Mobile Film Festival and won the Web Series Awards, while his stop-motion short New Year triumphed at the Japanese Avant-Garde Film Festival. His video The Ghibertins’ Intro won an award at the Los Angeles Animation Festival.