LIGURIA/At a walking pace along la Croisette
“A passo d’Uomo”, the short directed by Giovanni Aloi and filmed last summer in Genoa, with an almost entirely Genovese crew, with the sup- port and assistance of the Genova-Liguria Film Commission, will be at the 67th Cannes International Film Festival, in the non-competitive section “Short Film Corner”. The short, which tells the story of a man who has been defeated by life, was filmed in some of the urban outskirts of Genoa (the Diga di Begato and the “Lavatrici”), and had initially been selected for the competition but was excluded by the Jury because, contrary to the rules of the competition which prohibit circulation out- side the country of origin before Cannes, it had been presented by the producer at some Festivals in Spain and the US. It is, however, highly probable that it will be presented by the Genova-Liguria Film Commis- sion at a screening-event during the Festival.
FRIULI VENEZIA GIULIA/Stories from the East
“Inspired by the writings of Marcel Proust, the film is less a study of the mother-daughter relationship, and more a metaphysical poem of two human souls”.
This is how the Slovenian director Vlado Skafar (already selected for the Critics’ Week at the 2010 Venice Film Festival for “Papa”), defines his new movie “Mama”, mainly set in Italy in Cividale del Friuli, where filming has recently come to an end.
After the excellent results of “Zoran, my dumb nephew” by Matteo Oleotto, co-produced with a majority share by the Slovenian Staragara, the producer from Gorizia, Igor Princic, is now back with “Mama”, although this time his Transmedia has a minority share with slovenian Gustav Film. The film has obtained the prestigious support of Eurimages.
From Cividale to Trieste (“the gates of paradise” for the inhabitants of the former Yugoslavia), which welcomes another European production “Piazza Unità”, a co-production between Italy, Serbia and Germany (Andrea Magnani’s Pilgrim Film, Uliks Fehmiu and Milena Garfield’s West End Production). The leader is Serbia because not only the direction but also the story and the storyline are the brainchild of Milos Radovic.
In five different ways, in five different languages, the movie tells 5 love stories in the space of little over 3 hours during a sunny summer’s day in Piazza Unità, in Trieste. Shooting is due to begin in the summer 2015.
LE MARCHE/Unstable weather, but it will be fabolous
Filming is in progress in Le Marche, around Cagli, Pesaro and Fano, on the comedy directed by Marco Pontecorvo “Tempo instabile con probabili schiarite”, starring John Turturro, Fabrizio Gifuni, Pasquale Petrolo (Lillo) and Carolina Crescentini, produced by Marco Valerio Pugini for Panorama Films in collaboration with Rai Cinema and distributed by Good Films.
TUSCANY/A Taviani brothers film and a debut for Cannes
On March 31st filming commenced in Tuscany around Pienza, Florence and Montepulciano on “Maraviglioso Boccaccio” the new movie by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani inspired by the novellas of Boccaccio taken from the Decameron.
The story, set in Florence in 1340, is about a group of ten young men who, in order to escape the horrors of the black death, take refuge in a farmhouse outside the city, on the Florentine hills, where the healthier air should keep them safe from the epidemic: here they decide that, to brighten up their days, they will take turns to tell stories (the novellas).
Produced by Cinema 11 Undici and Stemal Entertainment with the participation of Rai Cinema and Bis Films (France), the picture has received a contribution from MiBACT and support from Eurimages.
The cast includes, amongst others, Lello Arena, Kim Rossi Stuart, Paola Cortellesi, Vittoria Puccini, Kasia Smutniak, Michele Riondino, Flavio Parenti, Carolina Crescentini and Riccardo Scamarcio.
Filming will last for around 8 weeks, also moving on to Lazio.
The production will collaborate with and be assisted by the Toscana Film Commission which, between the end of May and the beginning of June, will also be involved on the set of “The tales of the Tales” by Matteo Garrone.
The Tuscan locations include the Castle of Sammezzano in Reggello and the tuff lands of Maremma. Filming will subsequently continue in Apulia as well as in Sicily, Lazio and Campania.
The short, “Due giorni d’estate” by Luca Dal Canto, will feature in the out of competition section, “Short Film Corner”, at Cannes. The comedy, written by Dal Canto himself and screenwriter Anita Galvano, is set around Livorno and based on a work by Amedeo Modigliani (who was born 130 years ago this year).
It follows the adventures of a sixteen year old in the sunny Tuscan countryside.
Produced by the Bredenkeik Association with the collaboration of Vertigo Cinema and Tenuta Bellavista Insuese, the movie stars Lorenzo Aloi, Giulia Rupi, Marco Conte, Simone Fulciniti and Roberta Stagno.
APULIA/A Land of Stories for Garrone
Most of Matteo Garrone’s next movie, “The tales of the Tales”, based on a collection of 50 fairy tales in Neapolitan, Lo cunto de li cunti, written in 1634 by Giambattista Basile, will be filmed in Apulia.
The screenplay is by Garrone himself with Massimo Gaudioso, Ugo Chiti and Edoardo Albinati.
The movie, which will be filmed in English, is a co-production between Garrone’s Archimede Films, Le Pacte which will handle the French distribution and HanWay Films which will take care of the international distribution, with the support of Rai Cinema and the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities. It will star Vincent Cassel, Salma Hayek and Toby Jones. It will receive a contribution of about 219,000 Euros from AFC.
For three weeks, from July 5th to 27th the production will film at Castel Del Monte, Castello di Gioia del Colle, the fortified Masseria di Accetta Grande, the underground village of Petruscio – Gravina di Mottola and the Village of Gravina di Ginosa.
In the meantime, filming has already started (May 5th) on another two movies: “L’esigenza di unirmi ogni volta con te”, that Tonino Zangardi will be shooting in Tricase, in the province of Lecce, produced by Minerva and Atlante Film, starring Alessio Boni and Claudia Gerini (about 32,000 Euros from AFC Fund), and “Latin Lover” by Cristina Comencini, produced by Lumiere e Co, shot in Bari, Brindisi and Lecce. The cast includes Virna Lisi Angela Finocchiaro, Marisa Paredes (with an AFC contribution of 250,000 Euros).
Barletta, Bisceglie and Bari will provide the sets for “Mennea, la Freccia del Sud”, that Ricky Tognazzi will be filming for five weeks at the end of May and the beginning of June (produced by Casanova Multimedia), whilst from June 9th, Lucera, Foggia and Manfredonia will host four weeks of filming on “Zio Gaetano è morto” by Antonio Manzini, produced by Combo Film, starring Libero De Rienzo and Pietro Sermonti.
On June 23rd, Vincenzo Marra will arrive in Bari to shoot “La Prima Luce”, produced by Paco Cinematografica, starring Riccardo Scamarcio.
In the second half of July the crew of “Braccialetti Rossi” will return to Apulia to film the second series of the Rai drama.