by Ivan Cotroneo

  • Film
  • Production year 2011
  • Length 98’ min.
  • Format 35mm


Every family has its secrets. But some are funnier than others. Naples. 1973.
Peppino Sansone is 9, comes from a large and fairly chaotic family and has an older cousin, Gennaro, who thinks he is Superman.
Peppino divides his days between the crazy and colourful world of his young aunt and  uncle, Titina and Salvatore, made up of dancing in squares, parties in basements and attending feminist collectives, and his home where his mum has shut herself away in an incomprehensible silence and his father tries to distract him by giving him little chicks to keep as if they were pets.
But when Gennaro dies, Peppino’s imagination rewrites reality and brings him back to life, as though his cousin really were the superhero he said he was.
And it is thanks to this imaginary friend, this Neapolitan Superman and his not-so-super powers that Peppino manages to face up to the vicissitudes of his family and start to approach the adult world.


Director Ivan Cotroneo
Screenplay Ivan Cotroneo, Ludovica Rampoldi, Monica Rametta
From La kryptonite nella borsa, Edited by Bompiani
Cinematography Luca Bigazzi
Music Pasquale Catalano
Editor Giogio' Franchini
In Collaboration with Donatella Ruggiero
Art Director Lino Fiorito
Costume Designer Rossano Marchi
Sound Recordist Emanuele Cecere
Sound Editor Silvia Moraes
Ass. Director Davide Bertoni
Casting Pino Pellegrino, Costanza Boccardi
Executive Producer Viola Prestieri
Associate Producer Carlotta Calori
Produced by Nicola Giuliano, Francesca Cima
Distribution Lucky Red


Valeria Golino
Cristiana Capotondi
Luca Zingaretti
Libero De Rienzo
Luigi Catani
Vincenzo Nemolato
Monica Nappo
Massimiliano Gallo
Lucia Ragni
Gennaro Cuomo
Sergio Solli
Antonia Truppo
Rosaria De Cicco
Carmine Borrino
Nunzia Schiano
e con
Fabrizio Gifuni


Ciak d’Oro Best Actress (Valeria Golino), Best Costume Design (Rossano Marchi)
Univerciné Cinéma Italien Jury Award, Audience Award
Sottodiciotto Film Festival Audience Award
La Mente al Cinema Best Picture
Nice – New Italian Cinema Events Special Award “Susan Batson” (Valeria Golino)
San Marino Film Festival Best Actor (Luca Zingaretti), Best Screenplay (Ivan Cotroneo)
Festival du Film Italien de Villerupt Amilcar Prize Of The Young Jury
Annecy Cinema Italien Grand Prix Fiction, Best Actress (Valeria Golino)
Maremetraggio – Shorts International Film Festival Best Actress (Valeria Golino)
Icff Italian Contemporary Film Festival People’s Choice Award (Ivan Cotroneo)
Fullmoon Ponza Festival Best Debut Film (Ivan Cotroneo)


Festival Internazionale del Film di Roma
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Accadde Domani. Nuovo Cinema Italiano
Una Notte in Italia - Festival del Cinema di Tavolara
Portofranco SummerNight
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Giffoni Film Festival
GASF - Giovani Artisti Senza Frontiere
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