The Hidden Child

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The Hidden Child (Il bambino nascosto)

The Hidden Child (Il bambino nascosto)

original title:

Il bambino nascosto

directed by:


Roberto Andò, from the novel with the same title by Roberto Andò


costume design:


BiBi Film, Rai Cinema, with the support of Regione Lazio, Film Commission Regione Campania

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Gabriele Santoro lives in a working-class district of Naples and is a professor at the Conservatorio San Pietro a Majella, where he teaches piano.
One morning, while he is shaving, the postman sounds the buzzer to tell him a parcel has arrived. He presses the button to open the door and, before going to pick it up, stops to wash his face. In that brief span of time, a ten-year-old child sneaks into his apartment and hides. “Il maestro”—that is what they call him in the neighborhood—will not discover him until late in the evening. When he does, he recognises the intruder as Ciro, a boy who lives with his parents and siblings in the attic of the same building. Asked to explain the reason for his flight, Ciro does not speak. Nonetheless, the maestro, acting on instinct, decides to let him hide out in his apartment, embarking on a singular, and tenacious, defiance of Ciro’s enemies.

A story set in Naples, in just a few square metres, those of the apartment in which a piano teacher keeps hidden a child he doesn’t know. A few metres in which the deep meaning of life and the possibility of loving and being loved are measured. The boy is the son of a camorrista, a mobster, and, as happens when childhood is denied, has not learned the ABC of feelings. The piano teacher is a quiet, cultured, solitary man. A man of hidden, secret passions. Music is his daemon, the gauge by which he measures everything. He will be faced with the task of the emotional weaning of a difficult child, a rebel. A risky undertaking into which, after initial hesitation, he will throw himself fully.