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ei8ht is a dark, musical reflection on the American Dream one hundred years on, asking the fundamental question: has anything changed?

Ed is the shamed eldest son of Sicilian crime boss, Venero Leale, rejecting his mafia ties in pursuit of designing airships. When his younger brother, Valentin, is announced as the next don, Ed runs away to America to begin a new life and fulfil his dreams…
Only to find America is even worse. 

 

He makes friends with an immigrant boy, Dino, who eagerly offers to help him build an airship. But their friendship is short lived. Mobsters belonging to the formidable New York crime boss, Don Russo, kill Dino, leaving Ed alone and broken. 

Valentin tracks him down, determined to prove himself as future Don by disposing of his traitorous brother for good. Both descend into a heated conflict. Valentin is accidentally killed by Ed.
 

Ed rebuilds him as an automation ‘Otto’, and constructs his own mafia of other robots to decimate Russo’s business and take-over his turf, opening his own speakeasy (the profits funding the construction of an airship).

Both brothers fall in love with Russo’s former girlfriend and singer, Marley. Old tensions begin to resurface, leading Ed on a downward spiral to be worse than his father ever was... 

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