"My name is Mario Moselli and I am an engineer. False. Yes, because in my professional life I have designed and drawn many things, but I never got a degree; in fact I was even kicked out of school until I found my way in technical drawing and design, studying as selftaught and working from the age of 18... The story I am going to tell you sees me, in spite of myself, as the protagonist of a war event that surprised the world in the 1990s: the fake weapons that Saddam Hussein’s Iraq commissioned me for the war against Iran in 1983 were the same ones that the Americans bombed with the latest generation of missiles in the 1991 Gulf War, believing them to be real…”

Based on a true story, The Decoy Artist is set in the 1980s/90s between Turin and Baghdad and stars Mario Moselli, a creative entrepreneur and designer. It tells the story of how a set of luggage turned into a supply of fake weapons that suddenly ended up in the world's spotlight. The incredible story of Saddam Hussein's ghost army.

Mario Moselli
Director of photography
Claudio Zucca
Film Editor
℅ The BigMama
[[Marco Costantini
Cast and characters

Mario Moselli, Marchese, Silvia Rosa Brusin, Enrico Pandiani

Executive production
Valentina Fronzoni
Valentina Fronzoni, Gigi Roccati
con il sostegno di Film Commission Torino Piemonte - Piemonte Doc Film Fund - produzione dicembre 2023
Last update: 05 March 2024