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Feature Film | 2023 | Italy

Project data

Budget€ 7.172.050,34
Length of movie120 min

Brief synopsis

New York. A psychiatrist sees his career and private life go off the rails after he refuses to testify on behalf of a former violent and unstable patient who has caused the death of a number of people. The fact that the young patient is a member of the LGBT community, the doctor’s Jewish faith, the press’s hunger for news and the severe judgment of the law, aggravated by a printing error made by a newspaper editor, seem to be the factors that trigger an explosive chain reaction.
The hounding in the media and the ferocity of the judicial system are added to the moral dilemma faced by the psychiatrist, who will take refuge behind the Hippocratic Oath in order to defend himself against the interrogations, pressure and betrayals on the part of all those seeking the truth. So who is the fiend? The young man? The doctor? The press? Justice? Can anyone claim to be innocent? (Source: https://www.labiennale.org/en/cinema/2023/out-competition/penitent-rational-man)


ActorRole nameVoice actor / SpeakerVoice actor
Luca BarbareschiCarlos David Hirsh [L]
Catherine McCormackKath Hirsh [L]
Adam JamesRichard [SR]
Adrian LesterProsecutor [SR]
Robert SteinerMan 1 [SR]
Douglas DeanMan 2 [SR]
Fabrizio CiavoniBoy [SR]
Stefania SeimurReporter [SR]
Cherish GainesAnchorwoman [SR]
Jay Paul Bullardn.a. [SR]
Francesco Saverio BarbareschiKid - Final scene [BP]
Maddalena BarbareschiKid - Final scene [BP]


1st ADSilvia Vascellari
Vfx supervisorMonica Galantucci
Director of photographyMichele D'Attanasio
Camera operatorAndrea Doria
Casting directorLoredana Scaramella
Costume designerEnrica Barbano
DirectorLuca Barbareschi
EditorKarolina Maciejewska
Makeup designerClara Hopf
Hair stylistJerry D'Avino
ComposerAndrea Bonini
ProducerLuca Barbareschi
Executive producerGiulio Cestari
Executive producerLuca Barbareschi
Postproduction producerIrma Misantoni
Creative producerAndrea Italia
Production designerElena Monorchio
Production designerGeorgia Vitetti Martini
Set decoratorEros Rodighiero
Line producerArturo Capparelli
Production supervisorNico Marzano
ScreenwriterDavid Mamet
Production sound mixerGianluca Scarlata
Dialogue coachMarcela Marambio
Personal assistantFrancesca Alunno
Personal Assistant Luca Barbareschi
Personal Assistant Luca Barbareschi
Marketing, public relationsRebecca Roviglioni
01 Distribution - Comunicazione
01 Distribution - Comunicazione
Marketing, public relationsPaola Papi
Ufficio stampa
Ufficio stampa
Marketing, public relationsStefania Lategana
01 Distribution - Comunicazione
01 Distribution - Comunicazione
Marketing, public relationsAnnalisa Paolicchi
01 Distribution - Comunicazione
01 Distribution - Comunicazione
Marketing, public relationsCristiana Trotta
01 Distribution - Comunicazione
01 Distribution - Comunicazione
Marketing, public relationsMaria Letizia Maffei
Ufficio stampa - Eliseo Entertainment
Ufficio stampa - Eliseo Entertainment

Production companies

Eliseo Entertainment [it]
RAI Cinema [it]

Distribution / Sales companies

01 Distribution [it]
Goodfellas / Wild Bunch Distribution [fr]
International Sales
International Sales


DecorationDeliverHome [it]
Image (VFX)M74 Srl [it]


2023ItalyVenice Int. Film Festival (Mostra)
Out of Competition
Out of Competition

Cinema releases and premieres

PremiereMonday, 04/09/2023Venice International Film Festival [it]