LAZIO/FILM COMMISSION AT THE FESTA
Visit the fascinating and atmospheric locations in the territory of Rome and Lazio in a virtual reality experience with an immersive 360° view: thanks to the “Location 360” app developed by the Roma Lazio Film Commission, this will be possible at the Rome Festival and at the MIA, inside the areas dedicated to the film commission itself (at the Festa del Cinema c/o the Auditorium Parco della Musica – Auditorium Arte, at the MIA c/o the Terrazza Hotel Boscolo Exedra), which will be fitted with 3D gear and where it will also be possible to download the application to your smartphone from the Apple Store and the Google Play Store and use it through the Cardboard provided free of charge (visors with specific lenses that allow anyone to transform their smartphone into a Virtual Reality visor).
The film commission areas will also host the presentation of the second edition of the Lazio Region € 10 million call dedicated to co-productions in the presence of the President Nicola Zingaretti; the IX edition of the Cinecampus masterclasses (14, 15, 16, 19 October), that will feature various meetings with national and international guests including Claudio Santamaria, Goran Paskalievic and Paolo Genovese; the CineCampus Atelier (20, 21, 22 October), the initiative dedicated to the technical Professions of cinema and audiovisuals, with contributions from Luciano Tovoli, Inti Carboni and Silvia Moraes, and the presentation of Cinema&Storia (Cinema&History), Cinema&Società (Cinema&Society) and Spaghetti&Cinema, the projects for schools organized by the Regione Lazio and by Roma Capitale and curated by the ABC Project with AR- SIAL, the Roma Lazio Film Commission, Istituto Luce Cinecittà, Giornate degli Autori and with the support of the Directorate General for Cinema of the MiBACT.
Continuing the collaboration activities with the French animation pole, Magelis, the Roma Lazio Film Commission also supports the MIA Animation Day conference which will be held on 20 October as part of the MIA conferences directed towards market operators, on the topic of the development of co-productions in the animation sector.
FVG/STROLLING AROUND CINEMA WITH VR
Filming is coming to an end in Trieste on Sembra mio figlio, the new film by Costanza Quatriglio, the story of a journey between east and west, about a mother and her children losing and finding each other. The movie, written by Quatriglio herself along with Doriana Leondeff, in collaboration with Mohammad Jan Azad, is produced by Ascent Film with Rai Cinema in co-production with the Belgian Caviar Film and with the support of MIBACT (Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism), Eurimages, the Friuli Venezia Giulia Film Commission and the Apulia Film Commission and will be filmed in Friuli Venezia Giulia, Rome and Puglia. The cast includes the Croatian actress Tihana Lazovic who also starred in “Sole Alto” by Dalibor Matanic.
On October 1st Gabriele Salvatores finished shooting the sequel to The Invisible boy. One of the movie’s most surprising locations was the enormous ship Ursus: this rare specimen of industrial archeology can be visited on a virtual tour that is part of the Interno/Giorno: passeggiate progettate per scoprire i luoghi del cinema in città project (walks for discovering the places used by cinema around town). Even inaccessible places: in fact, thanks to Virtual Reality (VR) and the Virtours platform, developed by Ikon, Samsung’s partner, tourists can put on VR visors and virtually visit spaces and environments that are not normally within reach.
Three locations have been chosen: apart from Ursus, there is the Palazzo della Prefettura in Trieste, transformed into the Grand Hotel Montecarlo for the TV movie “Rebecca la prima moglie” by Riccardo Milani, and the head office of the Chamber of Commerce, the location chosen by Tornatore for the multi-award winning film, “The Best offer”.
TRENTINO/MIA AND ME IN VAL DI FASSA
This year the famous Mia, the protagonist di Mia and me, the TV series for kids that mixes animation and live action, spent her vacation in Val di Fassa on a farm that breeds Haflinger horses, on the mountains of Trentino. For five weeks the episodes of the third season of the series produced by Rainbow, directed by Mark Meyer which, in Italy, is broadcast by Rai Gulp, were filmed around Moena, Canazei, Tamion, Val San Nicolò and the Catinaccio Rosengarten cable car. The Trentino Film Commission allocated a contribution of € 180,000 towards the estimated expenditure of € 493,200.
CAMPANIA/PRINCES AND MERMAIDS
Shooting starts in Naples on 21 October on Rupert Everett’s film The Happy Prince about the final years of the life of Oscar Wilde, produced by Palomar.
Filming will conclude at the end of October on Sirene by Davide Marengo, a Cross Production movie for Rai Fiction, filmed in Posillipo, the Ramaglietto of Castel dell’Ovo, the offices of the Metropolitan City of Naples, the National Archeological Museum of Naples, the Museum and the Park of Capodimonte, the Archeological Park of Cuma, the Anton Dohrn Zoological Station, the Ospedale del Mare, the Toledo Metro Station, the Liceo Genovesi, the Convitto Nazionale Vittorio Emanuele II and the Rotonda Diaz along the seafront of Naples. Another Rai Fiction production (Lux Vide – Rai Fiction for Rai Uno) chose Campania in September: Sotto Copertura, directed by Giulio Manfredonia recounts events connected to the capture of Michele Zagaria. It was filmed in Naples (the Port, the commercial area, Largo San Martino, the “Incurabili” Hospital, the Montesanto Cable Car, the Federico II University, Castel Capuano), Bacoli (the coastal locality of “Punta Pennata”), Mount Procida (panoramic road) Caspesenna and Casal di Principe. A farm in Ponticelli is the location of the new film by Leonardo Di Costanzo, L’Intrusa, produced by Tempesta Film. It tells the story of Giovanna, a dynamic and combative seventy year old woman, the founder of Nuvola Rossa [Red Cloud], a recreational member’s club that hosts Maria, a young mother and the wife of a delinquent arrested for committing a brutal crime. Almost all the actors in the cast are making their debut or are little known.