16° FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DE FILMS
'CINEMA DU REEL'
20° INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ROTTERDAM
1st PRIZE 'SPAZIO ITALIA'
8° TURIN FILM FESTIVAL
On 2nd March 1970 the inhabitants of the quarter "Rione Terra" (the ancient center of the city Pozzuoli) were evacuated against their wills. The reason: earthquake. For twenty years the inhabitants have been waiting to return to their homes. In these twenty years facts occurred that had not occurred in many centuries. The acts of vandalism in the uninhabited quarter caused a greater damage than earthquake ever has.
The film follows a gang of youths who spend every day collecting scrap metal from derelict houses. They live in Pozzuoli, an old fishing village which has repeatedly been hit by earthquakes and where many houses are empty because of the lack of employment prospects. They demolish what had not yet been destroyed and sell the old Pozzuoli bit by bit for pocket money. The gang is in turn plundered by other gangs, a hopeless situation, living and surviving on the ruins. This is not the first time that Gaudino, one of the two makers, turned the camera on his own ruined birthplace.
Story and screenplay Isabella Sandri & Giuseppe M. Gaudino
Photography and cameramen Frank G. Blasberg, Isabella Sandri
Editing Isabella Sandri & Giuseppe M. Gaudino
Production organizer Donatello Alunni Pierucci
Production manager Luciano Zaccaria
Postproduction Edilight, I.P.S.
Antonio Scotti di Luzio