Rosario pedals stuffed animals as a street seller in the fairgrounds on the outskirts of Naples. His young daughter Sharon displays a burgeoning musical talent, which Rosario sees as his ticket to escape poverty. Rosario becomes fascinated and obsessed with the dream of his daughter's fame, spending what money he has on music rights to turn her into a star of Italian folk music.
Set amid the gritty landscape of contemporary Naples, Il Cratere is an intimate and evocative neo-realist portrait of a father's ambitions and a young girl in search of freedom. The first narrative feature from documentary filmmakers Luca Bellino and Silvia Luzi premiered at Venice's Settimana della Critica, Göteborg; Tokyo, where it won the Special Jury Prize; and Crossing Europe Film Festival Linz, where it won the Special Jury Prize.