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Somebody down there likes me | Italian Auteurs | St. ALi Italian Film Festival 2023

SOMEBODY DOWN THERE LIKES ME (Laggiù qualcuno mi ama), 2023


CAST: Massimo Troisi, Francesco Piccolo, Paolo Sorrentino, Pierfrancesco Favino, Anna Pavignano

LANGUAGE: Italian with English subtitles




In this personal journey into the cinema of Massimo Troisi (1953-1994), acclaimed director Mario Martone explores the life and career of the great actor and director.

Assembling scenes from Troisi’s films, Martone outlines the artistic curve spanning his career, framing him within the climate of the time in which he worked, and the magical city common to both directors, Naples.

Intertwined with this collection of memorable film scenes are frank conversations with artists whose careers were influenced by Troisi, including Francesco Piccolo, Paolo Sorrentino, Ficarra and Picone, and critics who wrote about him like Goffredo Fofi, and two of the makers of his posthumous work The Postman (1994), Michael Radford and Roberto Perpignani.

Writer Anna Pavignano, Troisi’s partner in life and career, as co-writer on his films, also provides a first-hand account of his creative process and shares precious unpublished archival materials, revealing how Troisi’s ideas came to life.


“A homage to the great Neapolitan filmmaker’s work.”



DIRECTOR: Mario Martone

Italian director and screenwriter Mario Martone has directed over 30 films since 1985. Known for his Cannes Film Festival selected L’amore molesto (1995) and Venice-selected Leopardi (2014), in 2022 two of his films featured in our Festival: Nostalgia and The King of Laughter. Martone has been the Theatre of Rome director since 1999.


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  • Organized by: Palace Cinema
  • In collaboration with: Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Melbourne