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Cinema

L’amica geniale

Out of Competition

Director:
Saverio Costanzo
Production:
Fandango (Domenico Procacci), Wildside (Lorenzo Mieli, Mario Gianani), Umedia. In collaboration with Rai Fiction, TIMVISION, HBO Entertainment
Running Time:
120’
Language:
Italian, Neapolitan dialect
Country:
Italy, Belgium
Main Cast:
Elisa Del Genio, Ludovica Nasti, Margherita Mazzucco, Gaia Girace
Screenplay:
Elena Ferrante, Francesco Piccolo, Laura Paolucci, Saverio Costanzo
Cinematographer:
Fabio Cianchetti
Editor:
Francesca Calvelli
Production Designer:
Giancarlo Basili
Costume Designer:
Antonella Cannarozzi
Music:
Max Richter
Sound:
Gaetano Carito
Special Effects:
Umedia VFX
Notes:
from the novel “L’amica geniale” by Elena Ferrante

Synopsis

When the most important friend of her life appears to have vanished without a trace, Elena Greco, an elderly woman who lives in a house filled with books, turns on her computer and starts to write the story of herself and Lila, the story of a friendship born at elementary school in the 1950s. Set in a dangerous and fascinating Naples, the account that follows covers more than sixty years of life and attempts to unveil the mystery of Lila, Elena’s brilliant friend, at once her best friend and worst enemy.

Director’s Statement

I have tried to bolster the tale by focusing on the turning points and movements of the characters. A transposition that attempts to convey to viewers the great scenes of the novel by Elena Ferrante on which the series is based. The acting, always on a knife-edge, is in search of a richness and an intensity constantly driven by the contrary and contradictory currents that animate the characters. The voice of the narration is the drafting of a book. A first-person account that leads the viewer on a journey through the most unavowable thoughts of the protagonist. A voice that also has the function of tying the time of the story to the anarchic and emotional freedom of the pages of a diary. The eight episodes, the first two of which are presented in Venice, are intended to be part of a single account and yet the thematic division differentiates them in cinematic form and narrative structure, inspired on each occasion by changes in the bodies and moods of the main characters. Thus the image, the production and the colors of the series evolve and are modified as the story unfolds.

Producers/Distributors

PRODUCTION 1: WILDSIDE
Viale Mazzini, 9
00195 – Roma, Italy
Tel. +39 0694516900
info@wildside.it

PRODUCTION 2: FANDANGO S.r.l.
Viale Gorizia 19
00198 – Roma, Italy
Tel. + 39 06 852185
fandango@fandango.it
http://www.fandango.it

PRODUCTION 3: UMEDIA
235 avenue Louise
1050 - Brussels, Belgium
Tel. +32 02+ 544 00 00
info@umedia.eu

WORLD SALES:
FREMANTLEMEDIA INTERNATIONAL
1 stephen street
W1T 1AL – London, United Kingdom
Tel. +44 2076916000
info@fremantlemedia.com

RAI COM
Via Umberto Novaro n. 18
00195 – Roma (Italia)
raicom@rai.it

ITALIAN DISTRIBUTION:
RAI
Via Mazzini 14
00195 - – Roma, Italy
Tel. +39 063878
ufficiostampa@rai.it

TIMVISION
Telecom Italia S.p.A.
Sede Legale: Via Gaetano Negri 1 - 20123 Milano
Sede Secondaria e Direzione Generale: Corso d’Italia, n. 41 - 00198 Roma

PRESS OFFICE:
Matthew Sanders – INTERNATIONAL RESCUE
Tel. +44 7815 130 390
matthew@matthewsanders.org.uk

Charles McDonald
+44 7785 246 377
charles@charlesmcdonald.co.uk

 ITALIAN PRESS OFFICE: Ufficio Stampa Wildside:
Daniela D’Antonio
dantonio@wildside.it
Federica Ceraolo
federica.ceraolo@gmail.com
 


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