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by Leonardo di Costanzo


Naples: a girl and a boy in a huge abandoned building. She, Veronica, has snubbed the camorra boss in her neighbourhood, but it’s unclear exactly what she has done to be locked up in such a frightening place. He, Salvatore, has nothing to do with the camorra, but they have forced him to play the gaoler. As the hours go by and the hood fails to appear, Veronica gradually leaves her initial hostility towards Salvatore behind and starts to talk with him and lead him on. There follows a series of shy approaches and advances. The relationship between the two changes and it’s as if they were inside a bubble suspended in mid-air. But they are choked by fear as Veronica’s punishment could arrive at any minute and it’s sure to be terrible. At the end of the day, the camorristi who turn up are different from the ones they expected—they’re even more violent and ruthless.

international title: The Interval
original title: L'intervallo
country: Italy
sales agent: RAI Com
year: 2012
genre: fiction
directed by: Leonardo di Costanzo
film run: 90'
release date: IT 05/09/2012, FR 01/05/2012
screenplay: Leonardo di Costanzo, Maurizio Braucci, Mariangela Barbanente
cast: Francesca Riso, Alessio Gallo, Carmine Paternoster, Salvatore Ruocco, Antonio Buil
producer: Carlo Cresto-Dina
production: Tempesta, Amka Films, RAI Cinema, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF), ARTE Deutschland, RSI - Radiotelevisione Svizzera di Lingua Italiana, SRG SSR
backing: Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali - Direzione Generale per il cinema, Ufficio federale della cultura (DFI), Cineteca di Bologna, Film Commission Regione Campania, Teatro Mercadante Napoli
distributor: Istituto Luce Cinecittà, Bellissima Films
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