direttore Paolo Di Maira

TUSCANY/Končalovskij at the Rome Film Fest

“Sin” by Andrej Končalovskij will be the special closing event of the Rome Film Fest.
The film is dedicated to the figure of Michelangelo which was filmed in Tuscany for almost 7 weeks, is scheduled for release before the end of the year.
It involved an important and demanding set which received the full collaboration of the Toscana Film Commission for realizing complicated scenes never filmed in Tuscany before: Piazza della Signoria was completely rebuilt and covered in clay, carts drawn by oxen were used along the impassable roads to the marble quarries of Carrara, a large part of the stores in the historic town centers of Arezzo and Montepulciano were transformed into period shops. 

Pisa, along with Naples, is the protagonist of the second season of the Rai series “My Brilliant Friend. The story of a new name”, in which Elena, one of the two protagonists, goes off to university in the 1960s.
The crew has been settled in the Tuscan town since July, thanks to the assistance of the Manifatture Digitali Cinema where the production offices and all the departments have made their home, also as a result of the collaboration between the City of Pisa and the Toscana Film Commission (TFC) which assisted the production.

The locations include the Scuola Normale Superiore and Lungarno Pacinotti, the protagonist of an important scene which involved hundreds of local extras.
Meanwhile at the Manifatture Digitali Prato the new High Specialization Workshop: Renaissance Costumes 2 – The times of Leonardo, started up again in September, conducted once again by the multi-award-winning Costume Designer Alessandro Lai.

The activities of the two Tuscan Manifatture represent an original experiment of regional development through the boost given to the audiovisual production chain: this is a project that the Toscana Film Commission is bringing forward thanks to the Sensi Contemporanei Toscana per il Cinema program and the Open Calls in support of production.
Three Open Calls in two years for a total of around € 760,000, which have supported 31 works, including 5 drama features and 26 documentaries, employing around 600 professionals with an estimated impact on the region of € 4,600,000, 212 days of filming and an estimated multiplier of 1 to 6 (every euro invested generated 6 in terms of the impact on the region).

Documentaries made by Tuscan filmmakers and/or filmed in Tuscany is a genre to which the region pays particular attention thanks to La Compagnia, the only movie theater in Italy dedicated to the exclusive programming of documentaries.
There will be two titles at the Festival dei Popoli (in the Italian Competition) which were realized with the support of the TFC: “Medium” by Laura Cini and “Caterina” by Francesco Corsi.

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