Patta Milano

To mark the one year anniversary of the Patta Milan store we're launching ‘Ladri di Patta’, a six minute short film inspired by the neo-realist classic ‘Ladri di Biciclette’ (better known as Bicycle Thieves, Vittorio de Sica, 1948). The short film is made by Dutch director Victor D. Ponten and produced by C41 Creative Production Company.


“If you ask anyone from Amsterdam what ‘patta’ means, they’ll point at their sneakers”, says Victor. The word is derived from Sranantongo and "literally means sneaker in Amsterdam street slang, but the word also has an Italian hang to it. So with ‘Ladri di Patta’ I’ve combined Italian neorealism with streetwear aesthetics to tell a story about a boy, his father and a new pair of sneakers.”


The score was composed by Patta-affiliated musician Willem de Bruin and producer Morien van der Tang and is a re-imagination of the melancholic soundtrack of the original film. Obviously, now is not the time to throw a big party, but this short film enables us to at least take a moment out from all the madness to celebrate the success of one year Patta Milano.


Guillaume Schmidt, Patta co-founder: “COVID-19 was inescapable, but we were here before and we will be here, after. The same counts for the things we are proud of. We are proud to be able to do what we do in Milan. Our voice will be heard and presence will be felt.” 


The Boy: Mose Calcagno
The Father: Aaron Dankwah
The Mother: Caroline Gugliuzzo
The Thieves: Kaio Ceruti, John Delos Angeles

Writer / director: Victor D. Ponten / Director of Photography: Neirin Jones / Production: C41 Creative Production Company / Executive producers: Leone Balduzzi & Victor D. Ponten / Producer: Alessandro de Agostini / Editor: Govert Janse / Sound designer: Quincy Vlijtig / Composers: Willem de Bruin & Morien van der Tang / Post facilities: De Grot / Colorist: Erik van den Heuvel / Location manager: Carlo Banfi / Casting director: Isabella Petricca / First assistant director: Daniele Fagone / Assistant to the director: David Eilander / First AC: Leonardo Osello / Second AC: Sacha Beverini / Third AC: Nicolò Ramella / Runner: Luca Martino / Gaffer: Matteo Orsanigo / Grip: Claudio di Lorenzo / Sound recordist: Alberto Laducca / Boom operator: Andrea Riviera / Stylist: Yasmin Leite / Art buyer: Patrizia Gatto / Graphic Design: C41 / Set photographer: Milan van Dril / Camera & Truck Rental: Movie People