Zona Monumentale

Zona Monumentale is a film built inside a place of extraordinary historical, artistic and iconographic value: the Circolo Unione of Lucera. This monumental space, an ancient point of reference for the notables of the community and location for the cinema, expresses meaning in particular for one characteristic: it’s being a place that has remained unchanged over time. In fact, since it was founded during fascism until today, the Club has maintained its furnishings, its spaces and its customs. A condition of stasis which becomes a sort of metaphor for the condition of inner Italy, in particular the south: apparently immobile and closed in on themselves, in reality these places are at the same time like community laboratories in which forms of aggregation alternatives to those of the neoliberal monoculture of hyper-performative time and the full identification of life with work. In these spaces a meridian path to existence is still possible, because idleness as a value is still tolerated. Unconsciously they become pockets of resistance.
In detail, the film proceeds through situations, significant moments in which the spaces of the Club are at the same time the unifying element of the narrative and the true protagonist. In fact, the rooms of the Club interact with a series of presences that describe the space through their own sensitivity, providing a new decoding with their crossing, in a sort of community cinema experiment, in which the energies of the territory that in this space for many repelling aspects have never found their space, now they cross it to leave their mark.
This narrative mechanism culminates with the session in which a young medium recalls the spirit of Massimo Troisi, who set his Le vie del Signore sono finite here 35 years ago, and with whose spirit these rooms are still imbued. Surrounded by men who carelessly play cards and billiards, the medium asks the Neapolitan author questions and through the cards she interprets his answers. In this sense the film also wants to be an extreme and paradoxical homage to the Neapolitan artist. A tribute totally free of the hagiographic rhetoric that often surrounds his figure.

  • Pasquale Napolitano
  • Pasquale Napolitano
  • Anna Lucia Marucci
  • Luca Catapano
    Key Cast
  • Renato Grieco
    Key Cast
  • Emanuele Alfieri
    Key Cast
  • Emanuele Arfé
    Key Cast
  • Lucia Carillo
    Key Cast
  • Zes Onorato
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Zona Monumentale
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental
  • Runtime:
    16 minutes 57 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 31, 2023
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    Digital 4K
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Director Biography - Pasquale Napolitano

Pasquale Napolitano is a film-maker, visual and multimedia designer.
He's Full Professor of Audio visual design at the Academy of Art in Naples.
His most recent field of research is focused on experimental documentary and community cinema as an informal development strategy. He has participated in numerous exhibitions, reviews, residencies and in some of the most significant new media art festivals in European area. As a filmmaker he has done many works, the last two being “Qualcosa Resta” and "HELLHEAVEN", both from 2002.

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Director Statement

With Zona Monumentale I wanted to push the limits of the visual, sound and narrative solutions that I have been experimenting with in recent years. Thanks to a magical place, populated by archetypal figures, Zona Monumentale is an inventive documentary, which does not limit itself to transcribing reality, but represents it in an amplified version, highlighting the magical and surreal aspects, the less linear ones of a unique and of those who live it.