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52nd edition from May 13 to 23, 2020

Il Regno Di Napoli

Fortnight 1978, Feature film, 2h05


En février 1977, j’ai passé trois semaines à Naples pour travailler sur un scénario. Je connais cette ville depuis déjà 15 ans, célèbre pour son incroyable densité de vie, la variété de ses dialectes, et pour sa misère économique et sociale. Mon film est le récit linéaire de la vie d’une famille napolitaine, de son désir d’émancipation, des soucis créés par sa pauvreté, de sa foi et de l’aboutissement de ses espoirs. Werner SCHROETER


Werner Schroeter

Born in Georgenthal, Germany, in 1945, Werner Schroeter studied psychology at the University of Mannheim. In 1967, he began to make 8mm films under the influence of American avant-garde cinema. In the early 70s, he began to stage plays and in 1979, operas, as well. His first feature, « Eika Katappa » (1969) won the Josef von Sternberg Prize. « The Death of Maria Malibran » (1971) marked the first appearance of a leitmotif that could be said to crystallize his work the death of a singer, who dies from too much singing. « Reign of Naples » (1978) reflects his personal vision of this city, seen through the destiny of several picturesque individuals, over a 30-year period. Two years later, « Palermo or Wolfsburg » won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. In 1996, Locarno awarded him a Leopard of Honor for his career and screened his film, « Love’s Debris ».

Antonio Orlando
Christina Donadio
Dino Mele
Maria Antonietta Riegel
Renata Zamengo
Romeo Giro
Tiziana Ambretti

Werner Schroeter

Thomas Mauch

Ursula West, Werner Schroeter

M. Tregadio


Title in Original Version : Le Royaume De Naples