Beautiful things

by Agostino Ferrente and Giovanni Piperno

 Beautiful things by Agostino Ferrente and Giovanni Piperno
  • documentary, Italy, 2013, 87'

  • Directed by

    Agostino Ferrente and Giovanni Piperno

  • Production
    Pirata M.C., Parallelo 41, Point Film, Bianca Film
  • With the Patronage of
    Ipotesi Cinema
  • Produced by
    Donatella Botti, Antonella Di Nocera, Agostino Ferrente, Donatella Francucci, Betta Olmi, Giovanni Piperino
  • With
    Enzo Della Volpe, Fabio Rippa, Adela Serra, Silvana Sorbetti
  • Story and Screenplay
    Agostino Ferrente e Giovanni Piperno
  • Assistant director and second assistant camera
    Sebastiano Mazzillo
  • Editing
    Paolo Petrucci, Roberta Cruciani
  • Cinematography
    Giovanni Piperno
  • Sound
    Maximilien Gobiet, Daniele Maraniello, Marco Saveriano
  • Music
    Rocco De Rosa, Canio Loguercio, Alessandro Murzi
  • Editing collaboration
    Alessia Gherardelli, David Tomasini
  • Script Voice off
    Maurizio Braucci, Paolo Vanacore
  • Post production
    Point Film, Magui Studio, Boomerang, Rec & Play
  • Legal advice
    Studio Legale Paoletti
  • Awards

    BEST FILM, VI edition SalinaDocFest 2013;
    BEST ITALIAN DOCUMENTARY 2013, Doc/it Professional Award 2013 and Italian Audience Award and International Audience Award;
    SPECIAL MENTION, XVIII edition MedFilm Festival;
    AZZEDDINE MEDDOUR AWARD, International Festival of Mediterranean Film in Tetouan 2013;
    SPECIAL MENTION ITALIA DOC FESTIVAL, Bellaria Film Festival 2013;
    SPECIAL MENTION, CASA ROSSA DOC;
    SPECIAL MENTION, Visioni Fuori Raccordo Film Festival 2013;
    YOUNG JURY PRIZE, Annecy Cinéma Italien 2013;
    BEST DOCUMENTARY, Festival dei Popoli e delle Religioni 2013;
    SPECIAL MENTION, Rencontres du Cinéma Italien à Toulouse 2013;
    SCHOOL OF CINEMA’S AWARD, Festival del Cinema Italiano di Como 2014;
    CARIDDI AWARD FOR BEST ITALIAN DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR and GOLDEN CARIDDINO AWARD Students Jury Agiscuola – Anec| Taormina Film Fest 2014;
    BEST PRODUCTION AWARD to Antonella Di Nocera;
    GRAND PRIX, Faito Doc Fest   2014;
    AUDIENCE AWARD and SPECIAL PRIZE "OWN AIR”, Siciliambiente Documentary Film Festival 2014.

  • Synopsis

    “Maybe time doesn't exist. It is merely a popular belief, a superstition, a song. You spend all your time waiting, and then all of a sudden, just remembering.   So will the beautiful things ever arrive? Or have they already been?“

    A 'film of the real' shot over 13 years, recounting the hardship – and the beauty – of growing up in Southern Italy. Adele, Enzo, Fabio and Silvana are shown in two crucial periods of their lives: as youngsters in a Naples full of hope in 1999 and then on the cusp of adulthood ten years later, in a documentary mash-up of film time and real time. All set in a city seething like magma, where good and evil are always so, so close, shaping the complex course of human lives.

    When Ferrente and Piperno made their 1999 film Interview With My Mother, a documentary for Rai Tre about fragmented adolescent lives, the four protagonists were asked how they saw their future: they answered with eyes radiant and brimming through the still vivid dreams of youth, and with that Neapolitan self-irony that helps defuse and erase the storms of life. At the same time, those eyes told of profound disenchantment. Maybe because catastrophe is always around the corner living in Naples: it's a threat – and also an alibi ­– that fills Neapolitans’ lives with resignation. Adele, Enzo, Fabio and Silvana: it's as if they already knew this, by instinct and upbringing.

    Ten years later, the Naples of the cultural renaissance that attracted artists from around the world has become a city submerged in rubbish. The directors went back to the four kids and filmed them for about three years: self-irony has given way to stark realism and they don't believe in the “beautiful things” anymore. Or maybe they've learned not to look for them in the future or the past but in the present. The fleeting present, lived with that broken-hearted yearning in the endless daily struggle for a decent existence; or better still, lived with resistance to the hardship and the difficulties, but somehow with dignity and beauty. And so we find them often swimming against the current and sometimes being carried away.


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 Beautiful things by Agostino Ferrente and Giovanni Piperno

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