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92’ 2014, HD, col., Italy - Eng/Eng sub/Ger/It


Directed by: 

Michele Fornasero



Creative DOC

Produced by:

Indyca, Ventura fIlm

In association with: film produktions

In co-production with:



With the support of: 

MEDIA development, 

Piemonte Doc Film Fund

Film Commission Torino Piemonte and Città di Torino



Michele Fornasero

Director of Photography:

Paolo Ferrari (a.i.c.) 

Camera operator: 

Alberto Airola


Sound recording:

Gigi Miniotti 



Jesper Osmund, Marco Rezoagli


Original Music: 

Giorgio Giampa'


Film music financing & services: 

Great Temptation -

Vincent Favrat,

Thierry Baujard,

Pablo Carrera


Commissioning editor: 

Silvana Bezzola Rigolini (RSI, CH)



Elda Guidinetti,

Andres Pfaeffli (ventura film, CH) 



Simone Catania (Indyca, ITA) 

World Sales: 

Deckert Distribution


Distributed in Italy by:



In collaboration with: 

I Wonder Pictures 


Home video:

CG Entertainment 

The Messina brothers are Yesmoke, a little tobacco company based in modern day Turin, Italy. Originally, Yesmoke was an online store for cigarettes selling its products all over the world. Every day millions of people would buy cheap packets of Marlboro, Camels and Lucky Strikes online. When sales reached over one hundred million, "Big Tobacco" started to fight the "Little Guys" and sued them for 550 Million dollars, obligating them to shut their website down.

The two brothers decided to build their own cigarette manufacturing company in the outskirts of Turin, taking the fight to Philip Morris in an effort to level the playing field. Their goal is to take revenge and to attack tobacco multinationals by every means at their disposal. But today, the Italian government too and their severe regulations has changed the course of this on-going debate. So the two brothers are even more dedicated to try and fight against the system. smoKings is like a gangster movie, in that there are not good guys here, just small bad guys fighting big bad guys. Who's going to win this unfair battle?

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