“I bastardi di Pizzofalcone”, the six part series produced by Clemart and Rai Fiction for Rai Uno with Alessandro Gassmann, Carolina Crescentini and Neapolitan Massimiliano Gallo has been filming in Naples since November. The main location, the police station, is the Military Archives, a subsidiary section of the State Archives. Filming will be completed by the beginning of May.
In April Positano and the surrounding area will be the set of part of an episode of the Netflix series “Sense 8” created by the Wachowski brothers and directed by Lana Wachowski. The Italian executive production is handled by Film Production Consultants (Enzo Sisti).
The second season of “Gomorrah”, filmed in Campania, which has recently been sold to Sundance TV will be broadcast on Sky from 10 May.
“We covered 130 regions with the first series”, Beta, the series’ international vendor, tells us “and we expect the same figures for this second season”.
TUSCANY/Giada in Italy and in Florence
Filming will take place in April in Pisa on “X Factor On the Road 10”, the preliminary stage of the famous television program that searches for and discovers new talents.
In the second half of May, Pisa will also be the location for a special episode of the culinary talent show “Masterchef Italia” dedicated to Tuscan bread, with which the protagonist, the famous Italian chef Carlo Cracco, will make some traditional dishes. The program produced by Endemol Italy which has now reached its sixth edition, will be broadcast on SkyUno and on Cielo.
Florence and the surrounding countryside will provide the set for the second season of the Food Network show “Giada In Italy” starring the American television presenter, chef and writer of Italian origin, Giada De Laurentiis, the grand-daughter of Dino De Laurentiis and Silvana Mangano. In the show Giada returns to Italy for a summer vacation: this gives her the chance to explore her culinary roots and her family history by cooking numerous traditional dishes from the region in which she is staying. Filming will take place for around three weeks at the end of May.
TRIESTE/The Hundred days of Cagliostro
After the huge success of Coliandro in Bologna, now Cagliostro, the latest television police chief to emerge from the pen of Carlo Lucarelli and the protagonist of “La Porta Rossa”, the new Raiuno prime time TV detective series, will be linking his name to the city of Trieste. With more than four consecutive months of filming, starting on 29 February, the series is the longest production ever hosted in the region with the support and the collaboration of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Film Commission.
Directed by Carmine Elia, over twelve episodes the series tells the story of Cagliostro, a police chief who gets killed, his wife Anna (Gabriella Pession) who probes into his death and the young Vanessa (Valentina Romani) who assists Anna in her investigations.
Filming will finish on 9 July after a total of 114 days of work. “La Porta Rossa” is produced by Vela Film, the same company that made “L’ispettore Coliandro” which received the maximum contribution from the Friuli Venezia Giulia Film Fund 2015: 200,000 Euros.
On 18 April Andrea Magnani will arrive in Trieste from Ukraine for a week of filming on the movie “Easy”, a co-production between Italy (Pilgrim Film e Bartleby Film) and Ukraine (Fresh Production).
ALTO ADIGE/RACCONTI opens up to the locals
The latest edition of RACCONTI #5, the IDM – Alto Adige Film Fund & Commission Script Lab, will be held from 22-28 April: two mixed teams of writers (priority is given to professionals from Germany, Austria and Switzerland) will work inside 2 respective Writers’ Rooms to develop, under the guidance of expert international showrunners, 2 concepts for 2 TV series of international appeal proposed by the production houses Palomar and Letterbox Filmproduktion and directed towards an Italian-German co-production.
The first workshop in April will be followed by a second one that will also be held in Alto Adige from 11-17 June.
The experts supervising the two Writers’ Rooms are Margherita Murolo for Palomar and Torsten Götz for Letterbox Filmproduktion.
Moreover, the writers selected will also take part in some masterclasses with the American scriptwriter and producer James V. Hart and the British producer Manda Levin. Filming is coming to an end in Dobbiaco, Alto Adige, on “I figli della notte”, Andrea De Sica’s debut movie produced by Vivo Film Srl with Rai Cinema, in co-production with the Belgian Tarantula, with the contribution of MiBACT [Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism] and Eurimages (the only Italian product chosen in the last session), and with production support provided by Alto Adige Film Commission.
The location chosen by the production company for the filming is the Grand Hotel Dobbiaco, an old building dating back to the Hapsburg era that first opened as a hotel in 1878 and which has now become a Cultural Center that also hosts, amongst other things, the Mahler Music Weeks.