Jesus is alive, here, today among us. But he doesn’t know anything about his luck.
His real name is Antonio, a washed-up boxer who’s hired for rigged matches. After a fixed competition he freaks out and is taken to a psychiatric hospital, temporarily set up in a former asylum.
here he is to stay for seven days until further evaluation. What Antonio doesn’t expect is that one of the inmates believes to be John the Baptist, and of course he recognizes in Antonio the true and only Messiah who has returned to unite his disciples and take up his work.
“Boxing Jesus” was nominated for Best Screenplay at the Swiss Film Prize “Quartz”.
Shooting location was the ancient Villa Caruso near Florence. One part of the villa was empty and in rather bad conditions, the ideal setting for generating an uneasy feeling in the observer. The only furniture were some old iron bunk beds that could be used as hospital beds.
Susanne Ratschiller was at her first experience in a feature film. She was in charge of all the art department tasks and did an incredible prop master’s job, canvassing all hospitals in the area, both active and abandoned structures, managing to keep expenses to a minimum. Visiting the former asylum of Volterra was an overwhelming experience.
Tag: Feature film, Production Design