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Smokings (2014)

The Messina brothers are Yesmoke, a little tobacco company based in Turin, Italy. Originally, Yesmoke was an online store for cheap cigarettes, selling mainly Philip Morris to millions of customers around the world. When sales reached over one hundred million a year, “Big Tobacco” sued them for 550 million dollars, obligating them to shut their website down. As a result, the two brothers decided to build their own cigarette manufacturing company on the outskirts of Turin, taking the fight to Philip Morris in an effort to level the playing field. But today, the Italian government and their severe regulations have changed the course of this on-going debate… It’s like a gangster movie: there are no good guys, just small bad guys fighting big bad guys. Who’s going to win this unfair battle? David or Goliath?
Shot like a gangster movie, it challenges our preconceptions of legality and morality in a brilliant way.

Winner of the 2014 Cinemaitaliano.info award at the Popoli Festival and Winner of the 2015 best documentary award at the 33rd Bellaria Film Festival.

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