The Gospel According to Ciretta

Italy2024documentary73'International Documentary Competition

The boy is like a character from Pasolini’s or Fellini’s films. His name is Ciretta and he lives in the streets of old Naples, primarily from theft and prostitution. He is also a street singer, jester and a faithful adherent of the local Virgin Mary cult. Following the boy, we get to know the colourful local community, which is dead tired defending itself against mass tourism, gentrification and Covid-19. Accompanied by "God’s simpleton", we visit places where plebeian religiousness merges with cheerfulness and human solidarity. Will they allow the community to survive when attacked by change from every side?

directed by
Q&A guest, portret reżysera
Caroline von der TannQ&A guest

Author and director based in Munich and Naples, focuses on biographical storytelling encompassing history, religion, and politics. Initially a freelance journalist and director for various German TV stations, she gained recognition with her ARD film "The Big Silence - Brothels in Concentration Camps," nominated for the "Prix Europa" in 1995. Her film "Where Were You the Last Man to See Hitler?" received the Jury Special Mention Award at the "European Independent Film Festival" Recent works include "Province for Beginners" (, 2021) and "Strife on Italian Beaches" (Arte 2022).

Caroline von der Tann
Caroline von der Tann
Ciro Granada, Giuseppina Andelora, Angelo Picone, Angelo Giordano
Rosalia Cecere
Simona Infante
Antonella Di Nocera (Parallelo 41 Produzioni)
Kadr z filmu The Gospel According to Ciretta