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Roberto Andò now shooting Il bambino nascosto

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- Following on from Una storia senza nome, the Palermo-born director is shooting a new film in Naples, starring Silvio Orlando

Roberto Andò now shooting Il bambino nascosto
Silvio Orlando and Giuseppe Pirozzi on the set of Il bambino nascosto (© Lia Pasqualino)

Silvio Orlando (The Ties [+see also:
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) is the star of Il bambino nascosto, a film directed by Roberto Andò and produced by Bibi Film Tv together with RAI Cinema, which is loosely based upon the novel of the same name, written by the Palermo-born director himself and published by La Nave di Teseo.

Currently shooting in Naples, the film sees Silvio Orlando step into the shoes of Gabriele Santoro, a Professor of Pianoforte at the Music Conservatory San Pietro a Majella who lives in a working-class area of the city. One morning, while shaving his beard, the postman buzzes at the intercom to tell him he has a package. Gabriele opens the door and, before greeting him, runs to rinse his face. In that short space of time, a ten-year-old child slips into his apartment and hides away. “The maestro” – as he’s called in his neighbourhood – only notices the stowaway late at night. And when he sees him, he recognises the intruder as Ciro (Giuseppe Pirozzi), a child who lives with his parents and siblings on the top floor of his building. When asked why he has fled his home, Ciro refuses to speak. Nevertheless, the maestro instinctively decides to hide him in his home, setting Ciro’s enemies a uniquely difficult challenge.

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As a director and a writer, since 1980 Roberto Andò has successfully alternated between theatre and film direction, having worked as an assistant director, when he was very young, for Francesco Rosi and Federico Fellini, and then for Michael Cimino and Francis Ford Coppola. Having previously directed Long Live Freedom [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Roberto Andò
film profile
]
(2013) and The Confessions [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Roberto Andò
film profile
]
(2016), his most recent film, Una storia senza nome [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
, about the mysterious theft of a famous Caravaggio painting – which really took place in Palermo in 1969 – was successfully sold to a number of countries (including Brazil, China, Japan) by RaiCom.

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(Translated from Italian)

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