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Carmela's diary

"Carmela's diary" tells the story of a 15-year-old girl who lives on the outskirts of Naples and is forced to work for her family's shopping center. Caged in a life that only promises her an uncertain future. Carmela perceives her adolescence as captivity, forced to live as a prisoner by her mother, Maria, who forces her to sell drugs along with her older brother, Ciro. War breaks out amongst the gangs in the neighborhood and Carmela is forced to stay indoors, with the windows well sealed, and give up everything, even one of the things she loves the most, going to school. Powerless in the face of the circumstances that ferry her to an uncertain destiny, made of fear, refusal, co-living surrounded by crime, Carmela attempts to escape confessing everything to her best friend, her diary. The difficult reality, in which the little protagonist lives, slowly compromises her purity and her innocence, almost like an unavoidable consequence of the rotten and deviated context in which she grows. Ultimately making her not only an accomplice but also a slave to that reality, the only one who she knows, resigning herself to it.

  • Vincenzo
  • Vincenzo
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Il diario di Carmela
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    1 hour 36 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    April 30, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    400,000 EUR
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    Digital c300
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Director Biography - Vincenzo

His first work "Carmela's diary", wins the "Ermanno Olmi" BEST BEST FILM Award at the Gallio Film Festival 2019.
Born in Naples in March 1979, in 1998 he graduated as Sound Engineer and Sound Engineer at the C.P.M in Milan. In 2004 he won the competition to enter the Fandango project for a direction and production laboratory held by the producer Domenico Procacci, in which the directors Paolo Sorrentino, Matteo Garrone, Guido Chiesa, Emanuele Crialese, Daniele Vicari, the writer Alessandro Baricco actively participated. and the producers Nicola Giuliano and Gianluca Arcopinto. In 2005 he graduated in Art and Performing Arts from the University of Bologna and made "La Fondue" the first short film produced by the famous production company Fandango, broadcast on the TV channel Sky Cinema author for 6 months of programming. In 2006 he composed the music for the documentary "Nichi" by G. Arcopinto, winning the Napoli Cultural Classic award for best soundtrack. In 2008 he produced "Rum & Coca", the first short film in film produced by EWC2001. In 2010 he made the medium-length film "La città della pioggia" winning the special Cineclub Fiori di Fuoco award at the Lecce Festival. In 2012 he made the short film "Specchi reflection" winning the Arci award at the Festival Visioni Italiane Bologna. The short film "The Hyperrealism theory" participates in the Short film corner of the Cannes Film Festival 2015. In 2016 he realizes "Dogs, nose of dog", a short film on four-legged friends presented at the Ischia Film Festival. In 2018 he made his first work
"The Diary of Carmela" presented at the Festival Rivelazioni 2018 Milan, out at the cinema May 17, 2019.
Just finished the production of the short film "Resto con te", produced with the Nuova Imaie funds and the Campania Region funds - 2018 cinema floor, directed by Vincenzo Caiazzo, with Riccardo Ciccarelli, Maddalena Stornaiuolo and Luca Varone, Cannes Short Film Corner Festival 2019.
Just finished the making of 2 documentaries. The first, entitled "Napoli Playing - Working in music", on the professions of music, aimed at young people who want to pursue a career in music. The second from the provisional title "Storie di jazz", on the history of Pomigliano Jazz, produced by EWC2001 and The Pomigliano Jazz Foundation. Both documentaries received the Campania Region funds - 2018 cinema plan.
In 2018 he made his feature film debut "Carmela's diary", participating in numerous festivals and receiving the "Ermanno Olmi" Best Film Award at the Gallio Film Festival 2019. A Special Menziione for the Daena Anima e Immagine Award (Montemiletto). And two awards at the International Festival "Invent a film" by Lenola, in the section INVISIBLE GOLD.

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Director Statement

We are in the Piano Napoli neighborhood. Carmela is a 15-year-old girl, forced by her mother to work in the family business, dealing in drugs. Carmela goes to school regularly, because she likes it, even if sometimes she is forced to give it up. And she likes to write, so she has a diary that she always carries with her, where she writes down everything she hears and lives, her secrets, her thoughts. Carmela would like to escape from the prison in which she lives, her home, but the only way is to travel with her imagination, listening to jazz music, studying and reading books, something simple but unusual among the inhabitants of her buildings. The rest seems normal, so far. If it were not for the fact that Carmela grew up in a totally deviated reality, where good and evil are not recognized, they become confused. Just as Carmela is confused in a world that is not her own, but in which she is becoming great.
Introverted, it is the first of the class. The father is in prison and the difficult family situation in which he lives, including the social context, have already made her strong and mature at her age. Ready to face difficult situations and responsibilities, and to accept his "imprisonment", but fragile and defenseless in the face of the arrogance of his mother and friends.
Everything therefore comes from the "character" Carmela, abandoned to herself, unaware, innocent, with her culture, her art, abused and beautifully raped. Locked in her home with her diary, she seems to be hiding from a cruel fate that she is looking for, and to which she is condemned. Because in the diary is enclosed the true soul of our protagonist, who instead outwardly has to show herself obedient to her mother and to others, because she is the last link in the chain and cannot rebel, or perhaps she tries, but without believing in it.
Stories are never banal or even repetitive. The history of the world is a succession of stories. Not repetitive, at least analogous, because the scenario always changes: temporal; social; cheap; cultural; political and other. Carmela's story is not "muschillo" but a more complex and different identity. And above all, because the "diary" is, together, hope and light. Carmela does not want to "die" as an identity and different values from the asphyxiated reality that oppresses her but does not destroy her.