Archive of films Jimmy on the Hill / Jimmy della collina

2006, 90 min

Section: Focus on New Italian Directors
Year: 2007

Jimmy’s desire to become a “somebody” lands him in a detention centre for adolescents. “This could paradoxically be the perfect opportunity for him to finally get away from his routine existence as a labourer in the local refinery,” say the director. Except that Pau’s Neorealist film reveals that immature Jimmy doesn’t have enough strength to understand this.


Jimmy, who lives in a small town on Sardinia, wants to be a “somebody”, maybe a film star, especially since people occasionally tell him that, with his looks, he could easily get work in Hollywood. But he’s only got his job in the local refinery; for his entire short life, the huge factory has obscured his view into the far and dreamy distance. His naivety soon gets him involved in a house robbery but, instead of the gain and social ascent he had envisaged, this exploit lands him in prison. His feelings of failure, despair, isolation and defiance all prevent him from taking the good things the youth custody centre has to offer. He does learn a certain degree of self-control, but his presence of mind fails him at the critical moment. When he makes his way to the “hill”, where a group of delinquents headed by a priest work in natural surroundings in an atmosphere of tolerance and trust, Jimmy runs away at the first opportunity. But he has nowhere to aim for… Certain Italian critics describe this film as representing a revival of Neorealist traditions, particularly noticeable in the civil acting performances and in the authentic depiction of the given environment.

About the director

Enrico Pau (b. 1956, Sardinia) began with the theatre in the mid-1970s, where he acted and directed (incl. Sophocles and Beckett). He continues to write theatre reviews for the paper La Nuova Sardinia and, as a screenwriter, he also works for Sardinian radio (RAI Cagliari). In 1996 he made the short feature The Fox and the Bee (La volpe e l’ape), which was a hit at domestic and foreign festivals. Three years later he made his first documentary, featuring seven big Sardinian boxing names (The Stories of Boxers / Storie di pugili); another documentary offers a portrait of Sardinian poet Aquilino Cannas (L’Anatema di Aquilino, 2004). He debuted in 2001 with the feature film Pesi leggeri, whose heroes are amateur boxers from the suburbs of Cagliari. His second feature Jimmy on the Hill, based on the book by Massimo Carlotto, attests to the fact that his native Sardinia is his life-long passion.


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About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Focus on New Italian Directors
Director: Enrico Pau
Screenplay: Enrico Pau, Antonia Iaccarino podle románu Massima Carlotta / based on the novel by Massimo Carlotto
Dir. of Photography: Gian Enrico Bianchi
Music: Sikitikis
Editor: Johannes Hiroshi Nakajima
Producer: Guido Servino, Giuseppe Corso
Production: X Film
Cast: Nicola Adamo, Valentina Carnelutti, Giovanni Carroni, Francesco Origo
Contact: Adriana Chiesa Enterprises, Istituto Luce Cinecittà


Enrico Pau

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