Gabriele Salvatores (1996)



Our Score
This stunning cyber-fantasy is rich in design and innovative ideas, and intellectually engages the mind while always remaining enjoyable on the purest pulp levels. Superstar video game inventor Christopher Lambert creates a new game called Nirvana, then realises his virtual-reality hero (Italian matinée idol Diego Abatantuono) has a human consciousness. How he tries to erase the game before its mass-market Christmas release, which would condemn Abantantuono to a never-ending existence, pits Lambert against a ruthless multi-national corporation and takes him through the seedy underworlds of a future metropolis known as the Northern Agglomerate. Directed by Gabriele Salvatores (Mediterraneo) with one eye on meaningful psychodrama and the other on giving his existential Blade Runner a unique look, this epic plea for Utopian harmony is one of the best science-fiction films ever made. Yet few people outside Italy have seen it.


A virtual-reality computer game is infected with a virus leaving its fictional hero with human consciousness. Realising he will have to go through the same actions every time someone plays the game, the pixilated protagonist asks the game's creator to destroy him - but the presence of the designer's stern employers complicates the process. Sci-fi thriller, starring Christopher Lambert, Diego Abatantuono and Emmanuelle Seigner. In Italian.

Cast & Crew

Jimi Christopher Lambert
Solo Diego Abatantuono
Joystick Sergio Rubini
Lisa Emmanuelle Seigner
Naima Stefania Rocca
Maria Amanda Sandrelli
Director Gabriele Salvatores
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Other Information

Language: ItalianColourGuidance: Contains violence, swearing, sex scenes, drug abuse and nudity.