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Year of Production
Bruno Oliviero
55 min

Napoli Piazza Municipio

by Bruno Oliviero


Napoli Piazza Municipio is a long journey through a few hundred square metres.
A journey which takes us through different historical eras, different countries, through the languages spoken in the square, in different social contexts.
The square is a large open space which overlooks the port. Within it are many different places, which are in some way symbolic: the Municipal Hall, the castle built by the Angevins in the 13th Century, the construction site of the new underground where workmen discovered the port dating back to the 1st century B.C, the city theatre, the flower market. All these places tell the story of the city but the people who walk across the square also have a story to tell: the story of our time, a story in which the present is at times too present and at times forgotten.
Relationships between the people and the square change continuously. The analogies and contrasts appear along with the story: tourists disembark from the huge cruise ship, along with immigrants, but the latter receive a different welcome. The workers employed in the construction of the underground station find themselves doing the meticulous work of archaeologists. The legendary memories of the Americans in Naples after the war enter into conflict with the present. The protests held outside the municipal council are the same every day and remain unheard. The archived material about the square tells a forgotten story. And so – slowly – like an archaeological excavation – the film reveals the various layers of present and past. Everything is close and everything is distant. The film never leaves the square.


  • Director Bruno Oliviero
  • Screenplay Bruno Oliviero
  • Photography Bruno Oliviero
  • Editing Aurélie Ricard
  • Music Riccardo Veno
  • Assitant director Valentina Cicogna
  • Sound Marcello Sannino, Marcello Anselmo
  • Sound editor Riccardo Spagnol
  • Script collaborator Caterina Serra


  • Torino Film Festival Best Documentary

Festival Participations

  • Locarno International Film Festival
  • Torino International Film Festival
  • Alba International Film Festival