Underground Lovers

directed by Marco Molinelli, Gianluigi Toccafondo

Italy, Japan | 2020 | 4 mins
Animation, Music Video, Short


Underground Lovers is a story about love and obsession, with a dramatic end. Inspired by science fiction cinema and Japanese erotic culture, it has the structure of a real feature film condensed in just over 4 minutes. A man and a woman go through a night of excess until they lose control, among food, drugs, sex and the neon lights of Tokyo.


Directors: Marco Molinelli, Gianluigi Toccafondo
Writers: Marco Molinelli, Gianluigi Toccafondo
Produced by: Marco Molinelli, Gianluigi Toccafondo
Animation: Gianluigi Toccafondo
Music: C’mon Tigre, Mick Jenkins

Screening schedule

This film is available to watch online on yuzzi from 21 until 27 June, limited to 200 viewers only (in Germany).




Animation, Music Video, Short

Marco Molinelli

Marco Molinelli founded Postodellefragole in 2002, a collective of Italian artists and filmmakers. He received many awards for his music videos and was published in the Inside Fly magazine (NY) besides Ryan McGinness and John Malkovich. In 2009 he directed a documentary, Beautiful Losers, a film about the contemporary art scene in the USA.

He directed commercials for brands like Fendi, Nike, Ducato, Beats, Graff, Pinko and for television groups like Fox, History Channel, and National Geographic.

Recently he directed Behold The Man, an art short film rewarded by Queen Palm International Film Festival 2019 (Palm Springs). He was also rewarded by the Los Angeles Film Award as The Best Music Video for 2019.


Gianluigi Toccafondo

Gianluigi was born in San Marino in 1965. He studied at the Art Institute of Urbino and lives in Bologna.

Since 1989 he has been making short animated films with ARTE France: Le Criminel (1993) Pinocchio (1999) Essere morti o essere vivi è la stessa cosa (2000) La piccola Russia (2004) Briganti senza leggenda (2012).

He was the assistant director of Matteo Garrone for the film Gomorra (Fandango 2008), did animated titles for Robin Hood by Ridley Scott (Universal Pictures, 2010). In 2014 he made his first videoclip Federation Tunisienne de football for C’mon tigre.

His short films have been awarded at the festivals of Lucca, Annecy, Ottawa, Tallin, Lubiana.