Montedoro is inspired by the true story of Pia Marie Mann, an Italian-American woman actually born in Craco and given up for adoption at the age four to a family in New York. The film relates this woman’s journey between two worlds: the United States and an archaic and magical Italy of the south. A journey that, through the search for personal identity, becomes a journey of reconstruction of a collective identity that by then was extinct. By following her biological mother’s trail, the protagonist unknowingly goes in search of her Motherland.


A film by Antonello Faretta.
90’, Italy 2014, Super 16mm color, Dolby surround
A Noeltan Film Studio Production in collaboration with Todos Contentos Y Yo Tambien, Rattapallax Films, Estudio Astrolabio Brazil.

Antonello Faretta‘s works include Lei lo Sa, Da Dove Vengono le Storie?, Il Vento, la Terra, il Grasso sulle Mani, Nine Poems in Basilicata, Transiti and The Garden of Hope.
His films have been featured in international film festivals, art galleries and museums throughout the world like Centre Pompidou, Museum of Contemporary Art Barcelona, Cannes Film Festival, Galerie du Jour Agnes B., Rotterdam Film Festival, Hot Docs Toronto and Pen World Voices Festival New York. Montedoro is his first feature film.

Genre: Ethnofiction
Duration: 90 min.
Story, screenplay, direction: Antonello Faretta
Cast: Pia Marie Mann, Joe Capalbo, Caterina Pontrandolfo, Luciana Paolicelli, Domenico Brancale, Anna Di Dio, Mario Duca, Aurelio Donato Giordano, Joan Maxim and the Craco inhabitants
Shooting format: Super 16mm color – 2:35
Screening format: DCP
Country: Italia/Italy
Language: Italiano, inglese e dialetti lucani/Italian, English and local dialects
Subtitles: Italiano e inglese/Italian and English
Executive producer: Adriana Bruno
Director of photography: Giovanni Troilo
Editing: Maria Fantastica Valmori
Production: Antonello Faretta, Adriana Bruno, Pia Marie Mann – Noeltan Srl

In collaborazione con/in collaboration with: Todos Contentos Y Yo Tambien, Rattapallax Films Usa, Astrolabio Brazil, FESR Basilicata 2007/2013, Fondo Europeo di Sviluppo Regionale, Apt Basilicata, Lucana Film Commission, The Craco Society.