Crater, a Disney fairy-tale turned on its head
by Camillo De Marco
- The debut fictional piece by documentary makers Luca Bellino and Silvia Luzi is the only Italian title being shown in competition at International Critics’ Week at Venice
A Disney fairy-tale turned on its head. That’s the description given by the production team of Crater [+see also:
interview: Silvia Luzi, Luca Bellino
film profile], the only Italian film to be shown in competition at the 32nd International Critics’ Week at Venice, the line-up of which was announced yesterday. The film is the debut fictional piece by documentary makers Luca Bellino and Silvia Luzi, who also produced it with TFilm in partnership with Rai Cinema and the Italian Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, the Pulse Britdoc Genesis Fund and support from FILTEX srl. International sales are being handled by French company Alpha Violet.
It’s a first for the protagonists of the film too, Rosario and Sharon Caroccia, who are father and daughter in the film and in real life. Sharon was chosen because she’s a young Neapolitan “neomelodic” singer with millions of hits on the Internet, and indeed for the two directors, the film is “a dream somewhere between Bellissima by Luchino Visconti and the stripped down reinterpretation of neomelodic music”.
The official synopsis for the film states that “Crater is a land of losers, a vague space of constant noise. Rosario is a peddler, a gypsy street performer who gives soft toys to players who pick out a winning number. The war he’s declared on the future and his destiny has the immature body and indolence of a 13-year-old girl. Sharon is beautiful and a good singer, and in this hotbed of sleights of hand and ugly life, she’s the trick to surviving".
(Translated from Italian)
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