At the end of May the British cookery show “Gino’s Italian Coastal Escapes” will be filmed on the Island of Elba, as well as in Florence and Lucca. The format which, in every episode, discovers an Italian culinary tradition, will be presented by the chef Gino d’Acampo, and will be broadcast on the British commercial network ITV.
Other international productions have also turned their sights towards Italy’s artistic patrimony.
In the Canadian TV format “Nazi Treasure”, to be broadcast on History Canada and on Britain’s Channel 4, historians and experts will discover the places that used to house important works of art subsequently stolen by the Nazis during the Second World War. One episode will be filmed in May in Florence, a city where works of art were heavily looted in the course of the war. Florence, along with Carrara, will also be the protagonists of a film about the life and work of Michelangelo Buonarroti: a Sky arte production that follows on from the great success of the 3D documentaries focusing on the history of art, like those dedicated to Florence and the Uffizi, the Vatican Museum and Raffaello.
An episode of “Secrets d’Histoire” will also be filmed in the capital of Tuscany and Carrara, a program produced for the French television station France 2, presented by Stéphane Bern.
Here Michelangelo is shown not just as a brilliant artist and mystic, but also as a man tormented by passions. “The film”, the director has stated, “is intended as a ‘vision’, a genre that was very popular in the late Middle Ages and reached its peak with the Divine Comedy. A genre that offers broad possibilities of interpretation regarding the characters and events, shining some light on the consciousness of the genius of Michelangelo, a Renaissance man, with his superstitions and exaltations, his mysticism and faith in miracles. I wanted to express not just the essence of Michelangelo’s character, but also the “ avors and smells” of the period in which he lived, a cruel and bloody time yet filled with inspiration and beauty”.
The Polish production company Rewers Film Studio has instead chosen Florence to film “Kantor” inspired by the gure of the great director Tadeusz Kantor, the multi-talented Polish artist who was also a painter, set designer, writer, actor and art theorist. The film includes some scenes set in Florence, the city where, in the ‘80s, Kantor held one of his principal shows, Wielopole.Wielopole.
In June 1980, in the atelier Cricot2, thanks to a project by the Teatro regionale della Toscana [Regional Theater of Tuscany] and the Comune di Florence [Florence City Council], not only was Wielopole-Wielopole staged, but the two “Cricoteke” of Krakow and Florence were also born, destined to house archive documents, drawings, stage objects and photographs of the atélier Cricot2, and subsequently becoming a memorable page in Florentine cultural life.
They will have the support of the Toscana Film Commission.