“L’ospite- The guest” is the Italian project selected at the 13th Berlinale Co-Production market, the event that from 14 to 16 February brings 20 new projects looking for partners to the attention of around 500 producers and financiers.
The film will be directed by Duccio Chiarini who also wrote the screenplay along with Roan Johnson, Davide Lantieri and Marco Pettenello.
It is the story of a thirty-eight year old man whose girlfriend has left him, and who finds himself couch-surfing in his friends’ houses.
“L’ospite” is an Italian-French co-production between Tommaso Arrighi’s Mood Film (in association with Valerio Mastandrea and Valentina Avenia’s Relief) and Vincent Wang’s House on Fire.
It is produced with Rai Cinema and has the support of the MiBACT (Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism).
It has also received support from the CNC-MIBACT co-development Fund, was developed during Cinéfondation Le Résidence du Festival de Cannes, and was presented at Cinemart in Rotterdam last January.
Chiarini is not new to the Berlinale: in 2015 he took part in the Generation14plus section with his debut feature “Short Skin”.
With a budget of one million two hundred thousand Euros, “L’ospite” will commence shooting in December 2016. PDM