LIEVITO

A summer camp, a judo dojo, a theater workshop in a contemporary art museum: the relationships between groups of adolescents and their adult guides. Teaching methods and educational practices; material and symbolic rules; the relationship between the form of places and behavior. All around, as a frame, the stories of Bruno Leone (master of “guarattelle”) and Peppe Carini (teacher), able to show the deep roots of the relationships between students and teachers, but also the political suggestions of an only apparently remote past, in a city like Naples where the school has never been the only place, or even the main one, where learning to live.

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  • Titolo Lievito
  • Nazionalità Italy
  • Anno di produzione 2021
  • Durata 70 minutes
  • Formato originale DV PAL
  • Formato proiezione DCP
  • Sottotitoli italian

Director and DOP cyop&kaf
Soggetto Luca Rossomando
Produced by Antonella Di Nocera
Montaggio Alessandra Carchedi
Montaggio del suono e mix Massimo Mariani
Color grading Simona Infante
Original soundtrack Antonio Raia, Renato Fiorito
A production Parallelo 41
In collaboration with Rai Cinema
With the contribution of Regione Campania, Fondazione Film Commission Regione Campania
In collaboration with Napoli Monitor
Parallelo 41 Office Grazia De Micco, Claudia Canfora, Isabella Mari
Film scanning Passo ridotto
Insurance 3GF srl consulenze assicurative

After showing the adventures of a group of Neapolitan street kids in the film Il segreto (2013), we continued to interact with children and adolescents of the city, "also" using the camera to question ourselves about our practices and them by their living conditions. Lievito is the result of an observation journey and of a reflection began more than twenty years ago. It shows the relationship between adults and adolescents in that intermediate space that exists between the street, the family and the school: this is at the heart of our poetics. From this proximity, indeed, it also derives our way of filming and at certain moments the almost literal intersection between our actions and the plot of the film.
In a place like Naples, where the school has never been the only or the most important formative agent for large strata of the population, investigating what, where, from whom and how the new generations learn today involves a reconnaissance of the disparate environments and situations. So, the film becomes a sort of counterpoint to the informal environments and the relationships exclusively built between peers, the same relationships that are at the center of Il segreto. If in that film we verified the metaphor of the street as "teacher of life", showing all the contradictions of the case but also documenting, with empathy and without moralism, a parallel universe, with its own rules and boundaries, in Lievito the presence of the adult has a prominent and codified role of guarantor and guide.
Here, the master-pupil relationship is investigated in its constructive and ascending phase. The shadowy areas and the resistances are barely mentioned, and the inevitable moment in which the student will begin to doubt the master's teachings is postponed in an indefinite time. Learning proceeds by trial and error; it requires will, exercise and conviction. Experience is built in the closeness and respect of others. So, our camera remains fixed on relationships, it does not extend its glance to the context of social intervention in the city, influenced by too many factors to be truly up to its proclaimed goals of emancipation. Change, if it occurs, is produced in the relationship with the other. Two thin traces, which traverse the plot, however, allow us to deepen the look. In the story of the master of guarattelle, Bruno Leone, there is the value of the handover, the uninterrupted chain master-pupil that involves every transmission of knowledge. Peppe Carini, on the other hand, retracing with the help of old films the history of the Mensa dei bambini proletari (Proletarian Children's Canteen), evokes a not-so-distant period in which the educational relationship was the prerequisite for those who wanted to question the consolidated political and social structures of the city.

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