Portrait of the Neapoli­tans’ compul­sive gambling, which is firmly rooted in tradi­tion, and where every event and object has a direct connec­tion with a number.
In subdued black-and-white, the Neapoli­tans’ compul­sive gambling and firm belief in it is mapped out in this film by Milan-born Anna Bucchetti. She took her camera and moved in with the two sisters Maria and Angela, who run a century-old lottery office in the centre of Naples. Their customers, like every Neapolitan, do not choose the numbers that should bring them luck lightly: in Naples, events and objects always have a direct connec­tion with a number. When a daughter dreams her father stepped into a bucket of water, the next day she goes and buys the numbers 53 (foot), 4 (bucket) and 39 (water). The numbers are from the Book of Numbers. The older the book the better, because the Neapolitan super­sti­tion is ingrained. In personal inter­views and atmos­pheric images, Bucchetti captured many exam­ples and stories, from the lottery players to a trans­sexual who organ­ises bingo nights three days a week to a widow who — vainly — keeps on playing with her deceased chil­dren’s birth data.

Credits

Set geluid
Sound Design
Production company
Armadillo Film
TV company
NTR
Distributor NL
Cinema Delicatessen

Title: Dreaming by Numbers
Year: 2005
Duration : 1 hour, 15 minutes
Category: Long Documentary
Edition: NFF 2006

Gouden Kalf nominees

Beste Lange Documentaire (2006)
Anna Bucchetti

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