In Naples, time doesn’t exist. This is a popular belief, a superstition, a good luck charm, a trick, a song. In Naples, you spend your time waiting and then, all of a sudden, you spend it just remembering. So will the beautiful things arrive? Or have they already happened? The lives of four young people, full of hope in 1999 Naples are studied and compared with their experiences in the city today.
It all began 13 years previously, when, in ‘Intervista a mia madre’, Agostino Ferrente and Giovanni Piperno told the story of Silvana, Enzo, Adele and Fabio, four Neapolitan youngsters aged from 12 to 14 years, taken with their adolescent dreams: to become football players, models, dancers or even singers. Ten years later, the two filmmakers come back to film these young adults for 4 years, to discover their faces, prematurely weathered by inevitable and merciless times, by their cruel and desperate realities. The portrait of their lives bears witness to a fragile yet constantly evolving context which, over the years, transformed into disillusion the lively outlook of four children who hoped for ‘many beautiful things”: a local expression referring to good luck which, as the authors reiterate, does not prevent bad things from happening, but ‘wholeheartedly hopes that the beautiful things will come in far greater numbers’.
Managing Director of Festival dei Popoli