Two years a er the implementation of the Fondo Regionale per l’Audiovisivo – Regional Fund for Audiovisuals, the Emilia Romagna Film Commission comes to Cannes with two films: “After the war” (Après la guerre) by Annarita Zambrano, in Un Certain Regard, a film funded in 2016 through the Fund’s National and International open call.
The film is a French-Italian co-production (Sensito Films, Cinéma Defacto, Movimento Film), set in Landes and Bologna, where work continued on the set for over two weeks.
It stars Giuseppe Battiston as Marco, a former extreme le militant who, after being sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of a university professor, takes refuge in France.
The accusations and the request for extradition from Italy lead him to run away again, taking his daughter Viola (Charlotte Cetaire) ith him. By going into hiding he taints the honor of his – innocent – family back in Italy, which finds itself having to pay for his past misdemeanors. The cast also includes Barbora Boboulova who plays Anna, Marco’s sister; Fabrizio Ferracane is Marco’s brother-in-law, a career criminal judge; Elisabetta Piccolomini plays Teresa, his mother.
On 22 May, in the Italia Pavilion at Cannes, Emilia Romagna will again be the protagonist with a tribute to Claudia Cardinale, the icon of the 70th edition of the Festival. In fact there will be a special dedicated event for “Nobili Bugie”, a black comedy from Genma Films, the debut work of Antonio Pisu realized in the Bologna area, in which Ms. Cardinale stars alongside Raffaele Pisu, Giancarlo Giannini and Ivano Marescotti.
In the meantime, five productions will be opening sets in the region (out of six supported via the rst 2017 Call), from Bologna to Cesena, from Rimini to the regions a ected by the 2012 earthquake, for an estimated expenditure within the region of € 2.5 million against the € 647,514.71 assigned by the Fund.
Amongst these, the Austrian director Ulrich Seidl will be filming part of his feature movie “Wicked Games” in Rimini which, once again, will si through the manias and vices of Austrian society.
The Manetti Bros and Giampaolo Morelli will be working in Bologna and Castelmaggiore until mid June on the the sixth season of “L’Ispettore Coliandro”, the TV series created by Lucarelli and screened on Rai2, which will be broadcast between the late fall and the beginning of 2018.
Also in June, Ugo Frosi will be shooting “L’abbandono” in Cesena and Bologna, produced by Rome’s Movie Factory, a film set in late 18th century Italy, where the protagonist is a priest who goes to a convent to carry out an investigation into a nun accused of heresy.
Bologna will also provide the location for a feature lm “Skin” (Sulla pelle), the debut work of Mauro Mancini on the post-Shoah generation, and a documentary linked to the US serials “Subs Heroes”, the official film of Italian Subs, the biggest world community of fansubbers, directed by Franco Dipietro.
Finally, the documentary “Artquake”, will be filmed in Sassuolo, Modena, Reggio Emilia, Mirandola, San Felice sul Panaro, Finale Emilia and Cavezzo, produced by Tiwi s.r.l.
Directed by Andrea Calderone, it is about the cultural assets of the region after the 2012 earthquake.
The open call providing support to national and international productions, evaluational and at the counter, is open until 1 July 2017.
Finally, we should mention that, last April, Peter Greenaway visited some localities and places in the region, with the consultancy support of the Emilia Romagna Film Commission, in order to set up a theatrical project which is still being defined in the region. During the visit he met the Councilor responsible for Culture for the Emilia-Romagna Region, Massimo Mezzetti, and the administrators of the cities of inter- est for the moment