Maremetraggio 2002 – “Incantesimo napoletano” – fuori concorso

In a family of true Neapolitans, or rather true Neapolitan fundamentalists, fixated on tradition and Neapolitanism, a child is born who speaks Milanese, the dialect of Milan rather than Naples. This is the hilarious drama of the Neapolitan Spell: Incantesimo Napoletano.


Director: Paolo Genovese e Luca Miniero
Screenplay: Paolo Genovese e Luca Miniero
Cinematography: Andrea Locatelli
Set design: Valentina Scalia
Sound: Mauro Lazzaro
Cast: Marina Confalone, Gianni Ferreri, Serena Improta, Chiara Papa, Riccardo Zinna, Lello Giulivo, Luvianna de Falco, Danny Zullino.
Duration: 90’
Eyescreen – Axelotil Film – Storie


Imagine all the parents’ efforts to cure Assuntina of this strange anomaly, imagine the father’s anguish when the little girl spits out pastry from none other than the legendary Scaturchio pastry shop in Naples, and imagine what happens when the little girl becomes a woman and discovers love. The story gets complicated and all the clichés about being Neapolitan are turned on their head in this comic fresco on difference that has a universal appeal. Notice to all foodies: the pastries and treats that were on the set were treated with the utmost care; shot in just one take and then devoured.


Paolo Genovese and Luca Miniero: Paolo Genovese, 35, a graduate in economics, was born in Rome, Luca Miniero, 35, a graduate in modern literature, was born in Naples. They both work in Rome as advertisers for McCann Erickson Italiana making prize winning commercials at various national and international festivals (Key Award, Ney York Festival, Mezzo minuto d’oro ….). They worked as directors on the Rai Tre programme Prima della Prima and made three short films for which they have won numerous awards at Italian and international festivals. In particular a nomination at the David di Donatello, a special mention at the Nastri d’Argento, the special jury prize at the Locarno Festival, and at the Oberhausen Short Film Festival.

INCANTESIMO NAPOLETANO is their first feature film.

Filmography: Incantesimo Napoletano (1998), Scoperta di Walter (1999), Piccole cose di valore non quantificabile (1999).


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