Soul of a Beast

Kino, Film, Roma

Eden Film Center
As part of ‚Il cinema attraverso i grandi festival‘

Kino, Film

Eden Film Center
As part of ‚Il cinema attraverso i grandi festival‘

From 16th to 26th of September, several cinemas in Rome will host the new edition of the festival Il cinema attraverso i grandi festival, which will include a selection of films from the 78th Venice Film Festival, the 74th Locarno Film Festival and Cannes Film Festival.

Within this framework, Istituto Svizzero promotes the screening of Soul of a beast (2021), in the presence of the Director Lorenz Merz.

Intimate, delicate and hallucinatory, Merz’s latest work is the only Swiss film selected for Locarno’s International Competition.

Synopsis: in the carefree summer Gabriel, a teenager who is already a father, falls in love with the enigmatic Corey, his best friend Joel’s girlfriend. Deeply hurt by the two’s behavior, Joel reveals all about Gabriel’s intricate history: there’s more than just his son. Prostrate by having to make a very difficult decision, Gabriel sinks into the desolation of his own heart, where fantasy prevails over reality.

The screening will take place at Eden Film Center, Piazza Cola Di Rienzo 72, Rome, at H19:45. 

Lorenz Merz: born in 1981 from Swiss-American parents, he trained in painting, music and photography. He studied film at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste and the Universidad del Cine Buenos Aires. The films he has directed, written and participated in as cinematographer have won various awards, including three Swiss Film Awards.

There will be more than 40 previews offered, as usual in original version with Italian subtitles, on the big screen of the cinemas of Rome. This year the vision of some titles will also be extended in the cinemas of other locations in Lazio. An exclusive appointment to continue to be surprised by the magic of cinema “in the theater”, in compliance with safety regulations.


In accordance with current regulations, the public is required to present a Covid Green Certificate at the entrance in order to access the event. This includes one of the following:

  • • You have received the anti-COVID-19 vaccination, with proof that you have received the first dose of vaccine at least 15 days previously or that you have completed the vaccination cycle;
  • • Recovery from COVID-19 within 6 months prior to the date of the event;
  • • Present a rapid antigenic or molecular test with a negative result within 48 hours prior to admission.