Matteo is a 17-year-old boy who comes to the realization that he is in love with Don Massimo, a young priest of the village that leads the marching band in which Matteo plays the drum. He sees in Massimo a person willing to listen to his fears and desires. For the first time in his life, Matteo feels ready to open up to someone…
Desire is a blade that needs sharpening. Matteo, the 17-year-old hero, does not yet hold the knife by the handle, but that does not prevent him from trying to uncover what is lurking in the heart of Don Massimo. Filippo Demarchi films this struggle in the island of a small granite village in Ticino with a scalpel. While the dynamite explosions resound in the surrounding quarries, the camera ventures under Matteo's sheets, in his arms too, with infinite tenderness. Adolescence is not an age of passage, but a state in itself that 17 anni gives to see without concession.
Lionel Baier / Réalisateur