Walk This Way releases the first title of its Premium Films selection: an innovative and fresh, as well as acclaimed, take on the superhero film genre. Italian filmmaker Gabriele Salvatores‘ The Invisible Boy has landed today, on 11 April, in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom, through many of the continent’s Video-on-Demand platforms, such as iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Sony, and key local platforms like Filmin, Filmmit and Universciné.
One of the most unique Italian films of 2014, The Invisible Boy marked a change in the country’s cinema, proving that a film genre as commercial as the superhero flick can meet arthouse cinema to make a whole new, fascinating experience. The film follows Michele (Ludovico Girardello), a 13-year-old who lives in a quiet seaside town with his mother (Italian star Valeria Golino), struggles with not being popular, athletic or a particularly brilliant student at school – and only wants to be noticed by his classmate Stella (Noa Zatta), the girl of his dreams. But he feels invisible to her. Until, one fateful evening, at a costume party, he discovers that he does in fact possess the power to become invisible. A discovery that will lead him to find out that his family background is not what it seemed, that his daily routine can become the adventure of a lifetime, and that he is after all, a superhero.
The aim of Gabriele Salvatores – well-known for his Oscar-winning World War II comedy Mediterranean (1991), his cyberpunk sci-fi flick Nirvana (1997) and criminal drama Siberian Education (2013) – is, yet again, to play with genres to craft an effective family crowd-pleaser. “The Invisible Boy tells a tale of sci-fi superpowers but also of teen problems, family bonds, first loves and school bullying. Both the production budget and the structure of the movie itself cannot and do not seek to emulate big US superhero movies, instead an attempt is made to trace out a new (European) path in this genre”, says Cineuropa’s Camillo de Marco.
The new film comes shortly after the release of the first collection of the 2016 edition of Walk This Way. Men on the Edge, a smart and gripping selection of eight of the most acclaimed thriller and noir films of recent years – including Mathieu Delaporte‘s Somebody from Nowhere (Un illustre inconnu), Olaf de Fleur Johannesson‘s Brave Men’s Blood (Borgríki 2) and Thomas Arslan‘s Gold, among others – which has been available since 4 April.
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