Noi credevamo
Italian Poster
Directed byMario Martone
Written byGiancarlo De Cataldo
Mario Martone
Anna Banti (novel)
Produced byCarlo Degli Esposti
StarringFrancesca Inaudi
Andrea Bosca
Edoardo Natoli
Luigi Pisani
CinematographyRenato Berta
Edited byJacopo Quadri
Music byHubert Westkemper
Distributed by01 Distribution
Release date
  • 7 September 2010 (2010-09-07)
Running time
200 minutes
170 minutes (cut-edition)
LanguagesItalian, French, English, Sicilian, Polish

We Believed (Italian: Noi credevamo) is a 2010 Italian drama film directed by Mario Martone, based on a screenplay by Martone and Giancarlo De Cataldo inspired by events around the 19th-century Young Italy political movement and based on the novel of the late art historian Anna Banti. Nominated for the Golden Lion at the 67th Venice International Film Festival, the film was released in Italy on 12 November 2010.[1][2][3]


The film is divided into four chapters, titled "Le scelte" ("Choices"), "Domenico," "Angelo," and "L'alba della Nazione" ("Dawn of the Nation"). The story follows three boys growing up in the Cilento Valley in southern Italy in the early 19th century in what was then the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies. Salvatore, who is all about patriotic spirit, Domenico, who believes in friendship, and Angelo, a restless and violent man.

In 1828 all three join Young Italy, a political movement seeking unification if Italy founded by Giuseppe Mazzini. Following this decision, their lives take different paths, tracing some episodes of the historical Risorgimento period which sought to consolidate various territories on the Italian Peninsula into a single unified state.



  1. ^ "Venezia 67". 29 July 2010. Retrieved 29 July 2010.
  2. ^ "Passione a fuoco lento" L'Espresso, 11 October 2012. page 103.
  3. ^ "Film Review".