The filming of Netflix’s upcoming Italian film ‘Il Treno dei Bambini’ has begun in Turin and Naples, Italy. The film is set in the year 1946 and follows Amerigo, a seven-year-old boy from Napoli, who has never left his mother Antonietta and their impoverished world. His life transforms when he boards a “happiness train” to spend winter up north with a young woman named Derna. Under her care, he gains awareness that leads him to make a tough choice that can change his life forever. It is going to take him several years to realize the hard truth that those who love you let you go instead of holding you back.
The premise of the film is set in Naples (called Napoli in Italian) and hence, the shoot has commenced in the city. The historic city, which is also the capital of the Campania region in Italy, has earlier served as a filming location for the movies ‘365 Days,’ ‘Man on Fire,’ ‘The Bourne Supremacy,’ ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley,’ and ‘The Man from U.N.C.L.E.’ A portion of the film is also being shot in Turin, the capital of Piedmont region. The city has previously facilitated the production of ‘The Bourne Ultimatum,’ ‘The King’s Man,’ ‘The Italian Job,’ and Woody Allen’s ‘Hannah and Her Sisters.’
‘Il Treno dei Bambini’ is an adaptation of Viola Ardone’s novel of the same name. The film is directed by Cristina Comencini, who also wrote the project along with Furio Andreotti, Giulia Calenda, and Camille Dugay. Comencini is known for helming the 2005 film ‘Don’t Tell,’ an adaptation of her own novel, which received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Her other directorial credits include the movies ‘Latin Lover,’ ‘When the Night,’ ‘Black and White,’ ‘The Best Day of My Life,’ and ‘Free the Fish.’
The film stars Barbara Ronchi, known for her performances in ‘Still Time’ and ‘Kidnapped,’ along with Serena Rossi (‘7 Hours to Win Your Heart’ and ‘Love and Bullets’) and Francesco Di Leva (‘The Mayor of Rione Sanità’ and ‘Burning Hearts’). The rest of the cast includes Antonia Truppo (‘My Body Will Bury You’ and ‘Piano Piano’), Monica Nappo (‘Roman Summer’ and ‘I Killed Napoléon’), Nunzia Schiano (‘Welcome at Esposito’s’ and ‘From Naples With Love’), Stefano Accorsi (‘The Last Kiss’ and ‘The Goddess of Fortune’) and Christian Cervone. The film is produced by Palomar, the production company behind ‘The Life Ahead,’ ‘Everything’s Gonna Be Alright,’ and ‘Hidden Away.’