Written and directed by
Luca Liguori – Gaetano Di Vaio – Dario Cortucci
With support of
Comune di Napoli
Provincia di Napoli
Festival delle periferie del mondo – Periferia Immaginaria
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“BENEATH THE SAME MOON”
DIGI BETA 92’ - 35 mm
The story of two young Rom (gypsies) in the suburban area of Scampia, Naples, where the Camorra feud is rife, as they meet with an ex-boss who is trying to get on the straight and narrow, and with a gang led by a young and upcoming boss of the winning clan…
The situations both within and outside the gypsy site all share the same common denominator: they tell the story of lives on the fringes of society and the inherent desperation entailed, but with the vital strength so typical of those who have to earn their living while dealing with the harsh laws of street life, and on a daily basis see their dignity crushed in their fight for survival. The only option for a better life is to move away.
Scampìa (Naples). The daily stories of locals and gipsies during the last incredible escalation of violence made by "Camorra" in the streets of the town. A story of people that tread on their dignity, trying to survive.
Should be an exodus the only possible salvation?
Shooting completed March 2005.
Production, Authors and Technicians
Producers: Luca Liguori – Dario Cortucci - Gaetano di Vaio
Production Company: FiglidelBronx
With the support of:
Assessorato all’istruzione Regione Campania - Centro documentazione Anticamorra.
Assessorato alla Pace e all’Immigrazione Provincia di Napoli
Assessorato alla Cultura Comune di Napoli
Assessorato alle Politiche sociali Comune di Napoli
Festival delle Periferie del Mondo – Periferia Immaginara
Writed and Directed by Carlo Luglio
Collaboration to the script and casting: Gaetano Di Vaio
General Organization and first Assistent Director: Gennaro Fasolino
Production Director: Alex Vegliante
Casting & Story editor: Claudio Grimaldi
Sound: Luca De Gregorio
Mix: Mirco Mencacci
Sound Editing: Carlo Gentiletti e Fabio Pagotto
Music: Riccardo Veno
Cinematography: Antonio Grambone (A.I.C.)
Camera: Roberto Salinas
Film Editing: Marzia Mete
Collaboration editing: Alessandro Marinelli
Production desing: Michela Gargiulo
Costume desing: Anna Facchino
Second assistent director: Sergio Panariello
Third assistent director: Alessandro Vegliante
Script girl: Assia Petricelli
LEADING ACTORS AND ACTING ROLES
FRANCO MELONE FRANCO
OLIVER ANDELKOVIC OLIVER
SAMANTHA ANDELKOVIC SAMANTA
PAVEL NENADOVSKY PAVEL
NINO SMAJOVIC NINO
SALVATORE RUOCCO TONINO
GIULIANA CORONA CERASELLA
FRANCESCO DI LEVA 1° SCAGNOZZO BOSS
GAETANO DI VAIO 2° SCAGNOZZO BOSS
KETTY ADAMS KETTY
GIULIA NAPOLI GIULIA
NIKOLAS ANDELKOVIC NONNO
EDOARDO MELONE UOMO FERMATA BUS
CARLO LUGLIO - BIOFILMOGRAFY
Carlo Luglio, born the 2nd of July 1967 in Napoli.
- 1993. Graduated in history of films at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Bologna (DAMS).
as a researcher in History of film at Oriental Napoli University
as director of:
Short films between 1996-2000
“Il Cinema Salato”, RAI SAT CINEMA, 2000. (selected at “Incontri internazionali del cinema di Sorrento” 2001)
“Grieving Canaries” 2003 – with Romano Montesarchio – In competition at Torino Cinema Giovani 2003 – second Award at Bellaria Anteprima Cinema 2004 – Special Mention at RomaDocFest 2004 – First Award at Torino CinemAmbiente 2005
“North Cape” Ita 2003
Festival and Awards
Festival of New Cinema and new Media of Montreal 2003 – in competition –
Brooklyn International Film Festival 2003 – Spirit Award and Best Male Actor
Mostra de Cinema de Valencia 2003 – Silver Palm
36° Houston Worl Festival 2003 – Silver Star
Cairo International Film Festival 2003 – Panorama
Festival Cinema _Mediterraneen de Montpellier 2003 - Panorama
“Beneath the same Moon” Ita 2006
Locarno 2006 – In Competition Cdp
Annecy 2006 - Mention Special de la Jurie
Montepelier Cinema Meditaraneen 2006 – Panorama
NICE 2006 – New York – San Francisco – Competition
Med Film Festival Roma 2006 – in Competition
Italian Film Festival UK 2006 – New Cinema
Festival du Nouveau Cinema Italien – Paris 2006 – In Competition
Cairo International Film Festival 2006 – In Competition Golden Award 1000 dollars
“BENEATH THE SAME MOON”, comment by Carlo Luglio
Beneath the same moon is a film about the lesser known side of Naples.
Scampia, in the Northern suburbs, is a dormitory district which was built following the earthquake in 1980 and is now an international supermarket for drugs, controlled not by the State but by the “System” (the Camorra).
The film tells the stories of men and women who experience confusion, fear and violence in a land where no laws exist.
It tells the story of an ex-boss of the Camorra who has just come out of prison, starting from the gypsy site where he used to deal drugs which is now his new home but also the starting point for a better future.
It tells the story of the gypsies, most of them Rom who have become almost Neapolitan, but who still preserve their values and are proud of their ability to survive in the capital where fending for oneself is a true art. Among the lowest ranks, Rom like Pavel and Oliver, experience the same discrimination which exists in other gypsy sites in Italy and Europe, but here the Camorra’s “system” generates fear and death.
The Camorra gangsters are portrayed: the new, young bosses of the district. All of them live in fear because anything could happen here; there are no laws, rules or possibility of protection in Scampia. Negative, experienced and armed men, full of humanity, who have to enforce their control with violence, these Camorra gangsters are also the possible victims of the ongoing Camorra feud and of a social system which segregates them and lets them live in squalor, using them as scapegoats of the rotten social system present in the south of Italy and not only in the suburbs…
These are people who, beneath the same moon, live with fear and absence. People who despite everything are charged with vitality and a profound and ancient sense of belonging and respect for tradition.
Even though I used a realistic cinematic approach, I tried to maintain a poetic perspective of the life and the rituals which characterize the fight for survival of these communities that are excluded from everything apart from this “development without progress” reminiscent of Pasolini, so typical of the consumer rat-race of the new generations.
The ethnic hybridisation becomes stylistic in the combination of the documentaristic and narrative approach. The actors are all local people. Their emotional charge and powerful experiences provided extremely interesting inspiration. The script was created around their characters and the camera tried to portray them from within as much as possible without manipulating the spontaneity which makes them so special.
All this contributed to create a portrait of this district and this population, excluded by definition from having the right to protect themselves, to work and to make social progress, and the right to have basic public services. And last of all, to being correctly represented.
I was able to shoot this film in Scampia thanks to Gaetano Di Vaio, Edoardo and Franco Melone, Salvatore Ruocco, Nino Smajovic, who are the actors and real characters in this story about the Neapolitan underclass, slave to poverty and a constant state of precariousness and the prejudice associated with it.
“BENEATH THE SAME MOON”
This film was shot entirely in the Northern Area during the Camorra feud where 60 people died in the winter of 2004-2005 and received the support and participation of both the Rom community and local Neapolitans.
The “CHILDRENOFTHEBRONX” association operates in the Northern Area Secondigliano, Scampia, Piscinola, Marianella…) and throughout Naples in the Arts sector, in particular that of cinema, theatre and music, perceived as means of bringing people together, representing the social problems and providing a meeting ground for the multitude of emarginated people on the fringes of Neapolitan society.
The association has progressively taken root in these areas and wants to interact with the social reality by using cinema and theatre and other art forms in an attempt to create new means of communication, providing an alternative solution to the problems of daily life.
SCAMPIA: In the summer of 2004, following the horrific murder of two young Rom gypsies Goran and Mirko Radoseivic, which took place at the end of June in the gypsy site in Secondigliano, the entire gypsy community was forced to escape during the next night after being terrorized, directly or indirectly, by local gangs.
It was this clandestine and submissive exodus that inspired us to tell this story through images.
After participating in the Locarno Film Festival we hope that this film will reach as many audiences as possible in order to bring home the true dynamics that prevent different cultures and populations from co-habiting, because often “it is us” who are not prepared to welcome the increasing number of immigrants arriving in Europe and Italy.
We believe it is necessary to build bridges between different communities also by using the social themes highlighted by cinema.
The narration of the film tries to focus on the motivations for which the two young men were so cruelly killed without offering a solution but leaving space for various theories and making sure that this episode can be a universal warning. In the same way that the two young men portrayed in the film are not the ones who were killed. For this reason, it becomes evident that the tragic story of Goran and Mirko Radosaivic, is one that can and that unfortunately does happen to many foreigners and those emarginated by indifferent or downright hostile societies.
These are painful stories which are the fruit of the experiences of those living on the existential fringes of this city. The actors, Neapolitans and Rom gypsies, were not recruited from film schools but actually experienced the places where the suffering they represent took place. The portrait that is represented, the living conditions and the plot of this documentary are based on real facts. All of the above is tied in with the statements provided by those who actually live in these pockets of social underdevelopment and those who work towards a solution for civil emancipation like the associations that offered their support for this project: “Chi Rom e chi no”, “Opera Nomadi”, “Gridas”, “Centro Hurtado”.