The director Claudio Giovannesi comes back to the SalinaDocFest, after having arrived very young with La casa sulle nuvole (2009) and Alì ha gli occhi azzurri (2012).
The movie will be screened out of competition in the section SGUARDI DI CINEMA, for the Siae Award, with La paranza dei bambini – taken from the homonymous novel by Roberto Saviano (Feltrinelli) – the only Italian in competition at the Berlinale 2019, written by the director with Saviano and Maurizio Braucci.
The challenges, the battles and the broken dreams of a group of boys from the districts of Naples taken from the street to their film debut. Sixteen-year-olds who play with weapons and run on scooters to conquer power in Rione Sanità neighbourhood, and who today believe in cinema as a weapon capable to save them.
Taking inspiration from Ken Loach to Matteo Garrone, this is a film about lost youths told by a writer and a documentary filmmaker who know young people well, and who like Paul Nizan seem to want to say: “I will not let anyone say that this is the most beautiful age of life”.
The film will be presented by the director, accompanied by the young protagonist, Francesco Di Napoli (who plays Nicola in the movie). It is not the first collaboration between Saviano and Giovannesi, who has directed some episodes of the second series of Gomorrah.