11/16/2020 05:00 pm – Murnau-Filmtheater

Italy 2019 86 min Italian original version with German and English subtitles
German premiere

by Nunzia De Stefano

Script: Nunzia De Stefano, Chiara Atalanta Ridolfi, DoP: Guido Michelotti, Editor: Sarah McTeigue, Production: Archimede, Rai Cinema, Producers: Matteo Garrone, Alessio Lazzareschi, Davide Tovi, Cast: Virginia Apicella, Pietra Montecorvino, Rosi Franzese, Pietro Ragusa, Franca Abategiovanni

Nevia (17) lives in the suburbs of Naples with her little sister Enza, their aunt Lucia and their grandmother Nana. She is a stubborn teenager, determined to get from life much more than fate has planned for her, but it’s hard to be a girl in a place where only men can make the rules. Until one day, a circus comes to town, changing Nevia’s life and giving her new hope.

“The roots of the movie are autobiographical, and this can be seen in the passion injected into the film and the empathy that is so clearly felt for the young protagonist, played by a surprising Virginia Apicella. De Stefano herself lived in the Marianella container park in Naples for ten years, as she and her family waited to be provided with suitable accommodation following the violent earthquake in 1980 which forced them to evacuate the family home.” (

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Nunzia De Stefano, born in Naples/Italy, worked with Matteo Garrone from 2008 to 2018 on the production of the feature films GOMORRA, REALITY, TALES OF TALE and DOGMAN. NEVIA is her first feature film and was selected for the competition at the Venice International Film festival 2019 in the “Orizzonti” section.

Auszeichnungen: Lizzani Award for Best Director (Venice International Film Festival, Italy 2019), Golden Globe (Italy) for Best Breakthrough Actress to Virginia Apicella (Golden Globes, Italy, Rome 2020)

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