TUSCANY/Web Series and Video Games

Two important theatrical productions are coming to Tuscany: in the second half of April, Grosseto will be the protagonist of “The Missing Paper”, a movie about the Ustica massacre directed by Renzo Martinelli and produced by the Martinelli Film Company, with the support of the Fondo Cinema della Regione Toscana.
From mid-May, for four weeks, Paolo Virzì will be filming “La Pazza Gioia” (provisional title), in the Lucchesia area and Versilia, starring Micaela Ramazzotti and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, produced by Lotus film. Written with Francesca Archibugi, the movie is about mental problems and the desire to get one’s life back by breaking down the barriers of prejudice about mental illness; some scenes have already been filmed in Tuscany, at the Viareggio Carnival and on the Calafuria bridge.
Web series and video games are seeing a growing involvement of young Tuscan film-makers: from “Elba, eredità di Napoleone” a web series filmed on the Island of Elba in 2014 by the group of independent video- makers from Livorno, I Licaoni, launching now on Ray, Rai Fiction’s web portal, to the video game set in the former psychiatric hospital of Volterra “The Town of Light”, developed by the Tuscan programmer Luca Dalcò, which won an award at Game Connection in Paris for the best emerging project in the “Story & Storytelling” category.
The video game will be released in September 2015. “Getalive”  is the first web series about role play realized by a group of kids from Prato who started a crowdfunding campaign on the web with the collaboration of Lucca Comics & Games. Filming is scheduled for the summer in the woods of the Acquerino Nature Reserve in the province of Prato.

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