When cowboy Billi and his sweetheart Rosa run away together, he is accused of her husband's death and becomes the symbol of a local uprising. Everyone wants his head and only Rosa knows the secret that could finally set them free.


Testa o Croce?, as well as the previous works by Alessio Rigo de Righi and Matteo Zoppis, starts from an attentive investigation of Italian folklore: popular legends and myths deeply characterized by oral transmission. In addition to this we’ll have the historical and political contextualization in recently unified Italy. The conflicts that ran through our country were not so different from those of so-called Revisionist Western’s America. Using Western film’s tropes allows us to give them a new meaning, not only because of the Italian setting but also thanks to the choice of embracing a female point of view.

In fact, Rosa is the real protagonist of the film. Rosa projects - even in a dreamlike way - on Billi her desires: to love but also to hate, to emancipate herself, to escape and reinvent herself on the run. A freedom that truly begins only when body and head are reunited, in peace, in a tomb. The deconstruction of the hero, in fact, is not only metaphorical and narrative, but also literal: this process tears the body and the head of Billi apart. His head thus becomes treasure, totem, legend, luck or misfortune; it is Rosa's alter ego, it is her projection and her fantasy, it is desire, soul… But it’s also just the head itself, an object. Rosa is the only one who really cares about the truth, but the legend of Billi becomes stronger than the facts; the collective story overcomes the individual one, regardless the truthfulness of its words. 

Alessio Rigo De Righi, Matteo Zoppis
Alessio Rigo De Righi, Matteo Zoppis
Alessio Rigo De Righi, Matteo Zoppis
Altri credits

Giacomo Lamborizio (Responsabile sviluppo)

Tommaso Bertani, Thomas Ordonneau
Ring Film
con il sostegno di Film Commission Torino Piemonte - Piemonte Film Tv Development Fund - giugno 2022