by Antonio Capuano
Italy, 1996, 115′

A young priest crusades against organized crime in his Naples neighborhood but falls in love with a 13-year old boy. It’s the chance the gangsters were waiting for to get rid of the thorn in their side. Will they be able to force the boy to accuse the priest of sexual harassment and have his reputation destroyed?

Antonio Capuano
Antonio Baldoni
Giogiò Franchini

Umberto Guarino
production design
Mario Di Pace
Loretta Calvanese

Fabrizio Bentivoglio
(Don Lorenzo Borrelli)
Emanuele Gargiulo
(Nunzio Pianese)
Antonio Taiuti
Rosaria De Cicco
(Zia Rosaria)
Manuela Martinelli
Teresa Saponangelo
(Anna Maria Pica)
Nando Triola
(Giovanni Pianese)

Gianni Minervini
Gian Mario Feletti
A.M.A. Film
Istituto Luce
in collaboration with

Antonio Capuano is a set designer, painter, screenwriter, director, playwright and teacher at the Academy of Fine Arts in Naples, his native city. After working as a set designer at the RAI television studios in Naples, he turned to filmmaking; his first film, Vito and The Others, won the Best Film award at the International Critics’ Week in Venice in 1991. In 1996, his film Sacred Silence vied for the Golden Lion at Venice. Two years later, Capuano directed Polvere di Napoli, co-written with Paolo Sorrentino, which premiered at the Festival of Locarno. In 2001, he was back at Venice when his film Red Moon made the competitive lineup. And he returned to Locarno, as well, in 2005, with Mario’s War, which went on to the Toronto Film Festival. His 2010 film Dark Love premiered at Giornate degli Autori. His most recent films are Bagnoli Jungle (2015) and Achille Tarallo (2018). His new film Il buco in testa premiered at the Torino Film Festival and will be released in 2021.

2020 Il buco in testa
2018 Achille Tarallo
2015 Bagnoli Jungle
2010 L’amore buio
2008 Giallo?


2007 Luce del cielo (short)
2007 Bianco e nero alla ferrovia (doc)
2005 La guerra di Mario
2001 Luna rossa
1998 Polvere di Napoli

1997 I Vesuviani (segment: Sofialorén)
1996 Pianese Nunzio, 14 anni a maggio
1995 L’unico Paese al Mondo
(segment: Pallottole su Materdei)
1991 Vito e gli altri