The Interval
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    The Interval


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    84 min

    • Italian


    A boy and a girl are locked in an enormous abandoned building in a rundown area. She is a prisoner and the local clan leader has forced him to be her warder. Despite their youth, both of them have grown up too fast. Veronica acts like a mature and open-minded woman whilst Salvatore is like a man who wants to hold on to his job and lead a quiet life. Thus, when faced with the violence of this incarceration, the two young people have different reactions: Veronica is restless and rebellious; Salvatore is more remissive and accommodating, either out of fear or realism. They are both victims but it is almost as though each blames the other for their reclusion. However, as the hours go by, their mutual hostility is transformed into an inevitable intimacy, consisting of reciprocal discoveries and confessions. Between the walls of that isolated and frightening place, Veronica and Salvatore find a way to rekindle those adolescent dreams and ideas put aside too soon. Thus the two of them enjoy a break from their prematurely adult lives and in the end are tempted to transform their imaginary escape into a real one before the gang presents Veronica with its verdict.


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    • Best Feature Film - Bolzano Cinema Festival
    • FIPRESCI Award, Pasinetti Award, CICT-UNESCO Enrico Fulchignoni Award, FEDIC Award, Magic Lantern Award, AIF-FORFILMFEST Award, UK-Italy Creative Industries Award - Venice IFF
    • Best Film Award - Lisbon & Estoril FF



    Antonio Buíl
    Alessio Gallo
    Carmine Paternoster
    Maurizio Braucci
    Leonardo di Costanzo
    Mariangela Barbanente
    Maurizio Braucci
    Luca Bigazzi
    Carlotta Cristiani

    Director's Statement

    L’INTERVALLO is my first “fictional” work as up till now I have made documentaries. However, my curiosity about reality as an immeasurable source of inspiration remained intact in this film, as did my faith in its infinite narrative possibilities. I began this film in the same way as a documentary in order to observe and listen. I did this in order to tell a story about young people in which the adults are nonexistent or are out of the picture, seen as a threat or as the bringers of rules and regulations to be respected. In this case they are the rules the camorra uses to threaten and put pressure on people. They are the rules that the people who continue to live in Naples have to contend with to various degrees.



    The Interval never labours its metaphors, rooting its symbolic suggestions in understated drama and the authenticity of the performances by its non-professional leads...

    Lee Marshall, Screen Daily

    Leonardo Di Costanzo

    Leonardo Di Costanzo


    I come from the documentary world, and I used those same methods in my work and research...ultimately, developing a dramaturgy and finding a guiding thread for these many stories was a lot like editing a film.

    Leonardo Di Costanzo was born in Ischia, and lives between Paris and Naples. He teaches at the famous Atelier Varans in Paris and has directed many documentaries, which have been presented and have won various prizes in some of the most important international festivals. THE INTERVAL (2012) premiered at the Venice IFF, where it won 7 awards, and then played at Toronto IFF and many more. THE INTRUDER (2017) premiered at the Directors' Fortnight in Cannes and was awarded at the Seville FF and Cairo IFF. His latest film THE INNER CAGE (2021) was selected at Venice IFF.

    Selected Filmography