Nulla di sbagliato | Nothing wrong
Davide Barletti e Gabriele Gianni
During the pandemic, 300 students of the first year of middle school were given diaries through which they could tell the meaning of the passing of time. Some of them are given a small video camera, to continue to tell their stories within the walls of their homes, where the individual space remains that of a bedroom inaccessible to the adult world.
Their torments, confessions and dreams become stages of a journey, alternating with the reflections of their classmates in the classroom and the little big adventures of a daily life marked by isolation. A choral tale of a generation suspended between childhood, abandoned too quickly, and an increasingly uncertain adulthood.
NOTHING WRONG is the title of the film, but also the modus operandi that guided us in our work with the young protagonists, an invitation to listen and to a collective discussion; it is not a project intended to pass any judgment. Through the diaries, over a year-long journey, we have collected the real or imaginative temporal fragments of a generation that more than others has suffered the restrictions inherent in the lockdown.
The entire film was made remotely, without ever having the chance to meet the protagonists in person. The technology filter kept us at bay, and, at the same time, became a magnifying glass, which made it easier to talk to a video camera than directly confront the adults.
With their stories, the protagonists open the doors to a forgotten world, where imagination and emotions still hold a magical power that adolescence will eventually take away, a fragile dimension that time has erased, like “when the child was a child” and the death of a goldfish was an emotionally loaded event to deal with and to learn about the inexorable passing of time.
The film intends to tell what the pre-adolescents of the “Covid generation” experienced; the protagonists are still too young to be considered adults, and not old enough to transform their condition into a social problem, while also remaining silent observers of the world, without a public narrative that truly concerns them.