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                                                                                                                              Roberto Benigni in
                                                                                                                              Pinocchio, directed by
                                                                                                                              Matteo Garrone

                 FILM COMMISSIONS:

                 LA VITA E BELLA!

                 ITALY’S VARIOUS REGIONS WELCOME DOZENS OF SHOOTS EACH                             Commission founded the Lu.Ca. project, which has since
                 YEAR, PROVIDING FOREIGN PRODUCTION COMPANIES WITH STATE-                          provided support to a variety of films including A Ciambra
                                                                                                   by Jonas Carpignano, the winner of the Europa Cinemas
                 OF-THE-ART EQUIPMENT AND QUALIFIED FILM CREWS.                                    Label at Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight in 2017. Indeed, in
                                                                                                   Calabria, several scenes were recently shot for the neo-noir
                 By Camillo De Marco,                                                American Night, by Alessio Jim Della Valle, featuring
                                                                                                   Spanish star Paz Vega and Anastacia — the singer who’s
                                                                                                   sold over 30 million records worldwide  — playing herself.
                                                                                                   Meanwhile, the Italian International Film (IIF) – Lucisano
                         HE last shall be first…this is certainly the case   mountains and the sea; an ancient and dying land which   Media Group has been hired for the next Mimmo
                         for the small area of Basilicata. Following its   becomes infused with new life by a young, mute girl who   Calopresti film, Aspromonte, la Terra degli Ultimi, starring
                         moment of glory in Mel Gibson’s 2004 film   is endowed with ancient, mystical powers and who is party   Valeria Bruni Tedeschi and also Marcello Fonte who won
                         The Passion of the Christ, the region is flying   to a clash between two fathers. It’s the perfect metaphor   recognition in Cannes in 2018 for his role in Matteo
                 T high once again thanks to the new life that   for independent Italian cinema, caught between giants  Garrone’s Dogman. Among the various works in progress
                has been injected into the film industry by the Lucana   who are competing over an asphyxiated market, now   currently enjoying the support of the Calabria Film
                Film Commission. Towards the end of April, a feature   besieged by online streaming platforms.   Commission is the biopic on fashion designer Gianni
                going by the emblematic name of Lucania – Terra Sangue   Matera, an ancient city built out of rock, crowned the   Versace, The Emperor of Dreams, which comes courtesy of
                e Magia was presented at the Bari International Film   European Capital of Culture for 2019, is the perfect   the illustrious Danish filmmaker Bille August.
                Festival. This second work by Gigi Roccati tells of a   symbol of this resistance.   Alongside the other three film commissions of Southern
                magical and inaccessible world ensconced between the   In league with its Calabrian counterpart, the Lucana Film   Italy — those of Puglia, Campania and Sicily — Lucania

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