The Emergence of the New Neapolitan Cinema
At the foot of Mount Vesuvius an astonishing eruption of cinematic creativity took place in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Suddenly a new generation of Neapolitan filmmakers emerged. They have differing backgrounds with regard to education and work experience, but their common denominator is the city of Naples. Steeped in history and tradition, with a varied topography and a controversial character, full of passion and danger, hope and despair, Naples – one of Italy’s most filmed cities after Rome – represents a unique universe.In response to the traditional postcard idyll that characterized Naples’ melodramatic popular films up until then, these young directors set out to explore the city and its life with an unbiased, bizarre and critical view. An impressive number of debut films were created between 1991 and 2001. Although they are completely different from a formal point of view, they share a similar intention, that is, to question the volatile socio-political situation of Naples: from the groundbreaking film experiments by Antonio Capuano to the shrill images of Pappi Corsicato, from the concise accounts of Mario Martone to the sensitive narratives of Antonietta De Lillo, and from the poetic documentary chronicles of Vincenzo Marra to the unique representation of the world by Giuseppe Gaudino.
With a selection of feature films described as “New Neapolitan Cinema” by critics, the Viennale invites visitors to embark on an outstanding journey to Naples beyond the usual clichés and at the same time reveals one of the most exciting phases of more recent Italian filmmaking, which has maintained its undiminished liveliness down to the present day.
Curated by Maria Giovanna Vagenas