Il ragazzo che smise di respirare

The Boy Who Stopped Breathing

ITALY / 13 MIN /2019 / FICTION / DCP 2K / 1.85:1 / DOLBY 5.1 / COLOR

Subtitles available: English, Portuguese, Italian, Spanish
Max is 11 years old, he is obsessed with air pollution and decides to stop breathing or at least, he wants to do it as little as possible, to live longer. He confesses this to Erika, his best friend: she doesn’t seem surprised. Instead, Max’s parents are surprised, especially when they find out during one of his daily apnea exercises. Parents take him to a psychologist who, in an attempt to help him, changes his obsession.
Max ha 11 anni, è ossessionato dall’inquinamento atmosferico e decide di smettere di respirare – o almeno vuole farlo il meno possibile per vivere più a lungo. Lo confessa a Erika, la sua migliore amica: la notizia non la sorprende. Sorpresi invece sono i genitori di Max quando lo scoprono impegnato in uno dei suoi esercizi quotidiani di apnea. I genitori lo portano da uno psicologo che, nel tentativo di aiutarlo, fa cambiare forma alla sua ossessione
Max tiene 11 años y está obsesionado con la contaminación atmosférica. Decide dejar de respirar o al menos hacerlo lo menos posible para vivir más tiempo. Lo confiesa a Erika, su mejor amiga, a quien la noticia no la sorprende. Los que se sorprenden son sus papás, sobretodo cuando se enteran de sus ejercicios de apnea. Lo llevan a un psicólogo que tratando de ayudarlo, hace que su obsesión cambie forma.

With the support of Film Commission Torino Piemonte

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Festivals & Awards

  • Too short to wait – Anteprima di gLocal Piemonte (Italy, 2019)
  • GLocal Piemonte (Italy, 2019) – winner Audience Award
  • Visioni Italiane (Italy, 2019) – winner 1st Prize Visioni Ambientali
  • Fuoricampo Film Festival (Italy, 2019) – winner Young Audience Award
  • T-Film Festival (Czech Republic, 2019) – winner Best Film ‘Human and the Society’
  • Cinema in sneakers (Poland, 2019)
  • FIFEJ (Tunis, 2019)
  • Clorofilla Film Festival (Italy, 2019)
  • Saturnia Film Festival (Italy, 2019)
  • San Gio Verona Video Festival (Italy, 2019)
  • Eco Seia Film Festival (Portugal, 2019) – Green Film Network Festival
  • Ridgefield Independent Film Festival (USA, 2019)
  • Suncine FICMA (Spain, 2019)
  • Reggio Film Festival (Italy, 2019)
  • Geo Film Festival (Italy, 2019)
  • Patagonia Eco Film Festival (Argentina, 2019)
  • AS Film Festival (Italy, 2019)
  • Accordi@Disaccordi Short Film Festival (Italy, 2019)
  • Hacelo Corto Film Festival (Argentina, 2020)
  • La.Meko Landau Short Film Festival (Germany, 2020)
  • Pigneto Film Festival (Italy, 2020)
Interviews & Reviews


Alex W. Syed, Virginia Ruth Cerqua, Simone Moretto, Maya Panico, Gabriele Bocchio

written and directed by


Elena Beatrice


Domenico Bruzzese, Davide Piazzolla

art director

Elena Beatrice, Daniele Lince

film editor

Daniele Lince

sound designer

Simone Lampedone, Isophonic Studio


Simone Lampedone (original), Nicolas Roncea (songs: "Love is Bad", "The Soldier of the Lost Causes")

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director's bio

Daniele Lince is a film director, screenwriter, and editor. He graduated in Film Directing at the SDAC (Genoa). He believes in the power of stories and his goal is to find the best way to tell them. Based in Turin (Italy), he works on movie projects, commercials, and music videos. Since 2016 he has worked with his wife Elena Beatrice as director/screenwriter duo. Among his short films there are "Fulmini e Saette" (eng. title: "Thunderbolts and Lightning Strikes"), starring Carolina Crescentini in the role of a superheroine, "Monster Sitter", a mockumentary about the daily life of the caretaker of a lake monster, "Il ragazzo che smise di respirare" (eng. title: "The Boy Who Stopped Breathing") about the bizarre plan of a boy who wants to save himself from pollution, and ''Il Metodo Marcy'' (eng. title: "The Mourners"), a thriller about the obsession with physical appearance. In 2018 he produced and directed "Get Big", a feature documentary about Ultimate Frisbee, now on Amazon Prime.