Italian film brings circus freaks to Venice festival

Sep 10, 2021 184

BY: Silvia Aloisi

Circus freaks fight Nazi occupiers in Italian director Gabriele Mainetti's dark fantasy movie "Freaks Out", which is competing for the top prize at the Venice Film Festival. Set in 1943 Rome, the film tells the story of four circus performers - each with their own peculiar characteristic - left to their own devices when the city is bombarded and their Jewish boss disappears.

The four are a wolfman, a dwarf attracting iron like a magnet, an electric girl who gives shocks to anyone touching her, and an insect-taming albino. They end up in a rival circus run by Franz, a frustrated Nazi with six-fingered hands who can predict the future and wants to use their super powers to help prevent Hitler's demise.

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