Dead Weight

18th september 2022

4:25 PM

Italian Contest

Short Synopsys:

Twenty one long years. That’s how many Angelo Massaro spent under lock and key, before he was found innocent of a crime he never committed. He was the protagonist of one of the most glaring miscarriages of justice that has ever occurred in Italy. A human odyssey that brings back to life – emotionally and physically – the key places and people that frame the story of this man’s unjust incarceration, and the shocking events surrounding it.


Directed by: Francesco Del Grosso
Production: Black Rock Film;
Editing: Giulio Tiberti
Cinematography: Francesco Casunati, Matteo Niccolò Bresci
Running time: 87
Country: Italy
Year: 2022

Director’s statement:

A life destroyed by one simple consonant. Twenty one years wrongly spent in prison, because a phone tap was completely misunderstood and misinterpreted. Angelo Massaro’s story encompasses one of the main causes of miscarriages of justice in Italy: phone taps. A word spoken in dialect during a harmless morning call with his wife, became the prime incriminating factor in a murder charge – despite there being no corpse, no weapon and no motive. It was only thanks to a retrial that Massaro managed to put an end to a devastating wrongful conviction, that has left irreversible scars on his mind and heart. Dead Weight is a documentary that seamlessly narrates the crucial moments in this brutal human odyssey.