Rome, 2012. Just an ordinary day in the life of Simon Pietro, a young aspiring rapper, heroin addict and drug dealer, adrift, desperate, unemployed and moreover with an outstanding debt with local thug Alfio. Amidst memories of past live and lost loves, trafficking and shooting up, he is the center of a microcosm of characters, trying to get from one day to the next, lost in a city that holds no pity for them.
Simone Bartolini was born in 1984, in Rome, Italy. Since he was young, he has manifested an attraction to the seventh art, cinema. During his school years, he changed from classical to artistic studies. After high school he received his degree from La Sapienza University of Rome where he attended the Department of Dramatic Arts and Sciences (Dass) with a major in Cinema Studies. His graduation thesis centered on the collaboration between Fellini and Rota on the film Lo sceicco bianco. When he finished university he began directing and working on a number of short movies and music videos, using aliases. Le formiche della citta morta is his first short film.