by Silvia Luzi & Luca Bellino



Rosario works as a street seller on the fairgrounds of the suburbs of Naples.

His dream to escape poverty latches onto the musical talent of his daughter Sharon. Fascinated by the video images of his teenage daughter, he turns into an impresario to make her a star of the Italian folk music.

Between documentary and realistic tale, Crater portrays the ambitions of a father against the freedom of his daughter.


Italy  2017  93mn  4K  1.85:1  5.1  Italian  1st Feature Film

Original title: Il Cratere

Produced by

Tfilm & Rai Cinema

with the support of Mibact Development Fund & Pulse Britdoc Genesis Fund


Written by

Written by Silvia Luzi & Luca Bellino with the collaboration of Rosario Caroccia

Cast & Crew

Sharon    Sharon Caroccia

Rosario   Rosario Caroccia

Original Music by Alessandro Paolini

Sound Design by Stefano Grosso

Sound editing & mix by Daniela Bassani, Marzia Cordò, Giancarlo Rutigliano


Luca Bellino (1978) and Silvia Luzi (1976) run the Production Company Tfilm based in Rome.
As filmmakers they received several international awards and nomination for their 2 previous documentaries.
Crater is their first feature film.



La Minaccia (The Threat) – (86′, 2008) – more than 60 international film festivals, David Di Donatello Nomination Best Documentary, New York Young Filmakers Prize.
Dell ‘Arte della Guerra (On The Art Of War)-  (85′, 2012) – more than 50 international film festivals, 20 awards and nominations. Prix FEDEORA Best European Documentary, Best Documentary at Crossing Europe Film Festival, Leipziger Ring and Healthy Workplaces Film Award at DokLeipzig.

Festivals and Awards

  • World Premiere : Venice IFF  2018 – International Film Critics’ Week – Competition
  • International Premiere : Tokyo IFF 2018 – Competition – Special Jury Prize
  • Rabat Film Festival 2018 – Panorama
  • Geneva GIFF 2018 – Competition
  • Goteborg FF 2018 – Five Continents
  • Crossing Europe FF 2018 (Austria) – Competition – Special Jury Prize
  • Festival international du cinéma des peuples Ânûû-rû Âboro 2018 (Nouvelle-Calédonie)
  • Dong Film Fest 2018
  • ArteKino FF 2018

Press Quotes


Luzi and Bellino’s observant eyes remain Crater’s trump card, particularly in capturing the impressive performances of its non-professional”.

“The bleakness of reality is nothing to sing about in Crater, but it does furnish a poignant slice of neo-realism”.

“Rosario and Sharon attack the task of finding a space between fact and fiction with ease”.


a technically impressive feat, complete with a few hidden cameras, that recalls a reality show in the hands of two very sensitive, skillful directors”.

with the support