Children of Hannibal

Hapless Domenico (Silvio Orlando) decides to start a new life by robbing a bank and fleeing to Switzerland. But things go wrong, and he finds himself with a hostage, businessman Tommaso (Diego Abatantuono), who is as eager to leave Italy as he is. Tommaso convinces Domenico to head south, where a friend will help them sail to Egypt, but the friend (Flavio Insinna) turns out to be a policeman . . . and Tommaso’s secret gay lover. To complicate matters, Tommaso’s adult daughter (Valentina Cervi) suddenly appears, determined to join them. New mishaps befall the gang with each passing mile, creating a lively road comedy that revels in the changing Italian landscape and offers some of the best and most unusual gay characters ever seen in an Italian film. • Variety says Children of Hannibal is a “warm-hearted tale [that] has spontaneity and wit all too rare in Italian comedies.” • 1998. Directed by Davide Ferrario. Italian with English subtitles. Available at From TLA Releasing ( —Suzie Lynde


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