Archive of films A Children´s Story / Certi bambini

2004, 94 min

Section: Official Selection - Competition
Year: 2004

Rosario, who lives with his sick grandmother in a shabby apartment in the suburbs, is growing up on the streets. School doesn’t interest him, and he and two friends goof around the neighbourhood trying to get hold of a little money. He knows only poverty and violence, and wants to be like the older kids who are already mixed up in crime. But contact with the local underworld brings Rosario nothing but devastating consequences.


Eleven-year-old Rosario lives in a cheerless apartment in the suburbs with his sick grandmother who spends most of the day in bed. He and a couple of friends spend time slacking off between a dive pub and the Las Vegas gambling joint. They smoke, drink and steal, imitating the worst of the adult world they see around them. The laughter that once graced their faces as children has been replaced by a queer, ambiguous smile bearing witness to myriad painful experiences. The makers of A Children’s Story (based upon the novel by Diego De Silva) have placed incidents from the boys’ lives in extensive flashbacks, mental flights Rosario embarks upon during long subway rides. With every new abrupt closing of the train doors, the boy drags us into his recent past and presents the three most influential people in his life: the admired Santino, the feared Damiano and the alluring Caterina. This fascinating film bears cruel witness to how easy it is for a troubled child to get mixed up in Naples camorra.

About the director

Andrea and Antonio Frazzi (b. 1944, Florence) studied philosophy and have been working in the theatre, mainly in Milan, since 1972; they also work in television and film. Their television work includes the films: Impostore, La cosa sulla soglia, Diari di uomo di cinquant’anni, A Prato un giorno, Dopo la tempesta, and the miniseries La biondina, Nel gorgo del peccato, La storia spezzata, Due madri per Rocco, Don Milani: il priore di Barbiana, Come l’America and Marcinelle. Their first feature, The Sky Will Fall (Il cielo cade), came in 1999 and was awarded at, among others, the festival in Giffoni, with the Special Prize of the International Jury at the Children’s Film Festival, Berlin, an Italian Golden Globe, the Audience Prize at the festival in Villerupt, France, and the Federico Fellini Prize.


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About the film

Color, 35 mm
International premiere

Section: Official Selection - Competition
Director: Andrea Frazzi, Antonio Frazzi
Screenplay: Diego De Silva, Marcello Fois, Ferdinando Vicentini Orgnani, Andrea Frazzi, Antonio Frazzi
Dir. of Photography: Paolo Carnera
Editor: Claudio Cutry
Producer: Rosario Rinaldo
Production: Pequod
Cast: Arturo Paglia, Gianluca Di Gennaro, Carmine Recano, Emanuela Garuccio, Miriam Candurro
Contact: Pequod, Adriana Chiesa Enterprises


Andrea Frazzi

Antonio Frazzi

Rosario Rinaldo


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