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Una storia senza nome

Out of Competition

Director:
Roberto Andò
Production:
BiBi film (Angelo Barbagallo), Rai Cinema (Paolo Del Brocco), Agat Film and Cie-Parigi (Patrick Sobelman)
Running Time:
110’
Language:
Italian, English
Country:
Italy, France
Main Cast:
Micaela Ramazzotti, Renato Carpentieri, Laura Morante, Alessandro Gassmann, Jerzy Skolimowski
Screenplay:
Roberto Andò, Angelo Pasquini, Giacomo Bendotti
Cinematographer:
Maurizio Calvesi
Editor:
Esmeralda Calabria
Production Designer:
Giovanni Carluccio
Costume Designer:
Lina Nerli Taviani
Music:
Marco Betta
Sound:
Fulgenzio Ceccon

Synopsis

Valeria, the young secretary of a film producer, lives a secluded life, on the same landing of an apartment block as her mother, and pens anonymous scripts for a successful screenwriter, Alessandro Pes. One day the woman is approached by a mysterious retired policeman who wants to tell her the story of a crime. Valeria is wary but captivated by his words. When she goes home she uses what she has heard to write a scenario which the producers have been waiting for anxiously: it will be Alessandro Pes’s next screenplay. The scenario goes down very well, to the point where foreign groups show an interest in financing the film and a rather elderly but revered American director is hired to make it. But that plot turns out to be a dangerous one: the Storia senza nome, or “Story without a Name”, is in fact about the mysterious theft of a famous picture by Caravaggio, The Nativity, carried out in Palermo in 1969 by the Mafia. It doesn’t take long for the consequences to surface and Valeria will find herself taking on what is an unusual role for her.

Director’s Statement

This is a film about the cinema, an ironic and paradoxical act of faith in its capacities to investigate reality and transcend it. It has always been argued that even the most powerful and visionary of imaginations has to pay the price of an a priori impotence: the impossibility of provoking real effects. My film, in a playful, and I hope entertaining, manner, demonstrates the opposite.
Angelo Pasquini, Giacomo Bendotti and I chose a legendary episode from the annals of Italian crime, the theft of Caravaggio’s Nativity in Palermo in 1969. The history of our country is strewn with unsolved crimes, incomplete fragments of which only an act of the imagination is able to make sense.
This film is just such an act of the imagination.

Producers/Distributors

PRODUCTION 1: BiBi film s.r.l
Via Lima 23
00198 – Rome, Italy
Tel. 065759373
riccardo.bibifilm@gmail.com

PRODUCTION 2: RAI CINEMA
Piazza Adriana, 12
00193 – Roma, Italy
Tel. +39 06 33179601
bianca.giordano@raicinema.it

PRODUCTION 3: Patrick Sobelman - AGAT FILM e CIE – PARIGI
52 Rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud
75011 – Paris, France
Tel. +33 15363200
aurore@agatfilms.com

WORLD SALES: Rai Com
Via Umberto Novaro 18
00195 – Roma, Italy
Tel. 06 684701
raicom@rai.it

ITALIAN DISTRIBUTION: 01 DISTRIBUTION
Piazza Adriana, 12
00193 – Roma, Italy
Tel. 06 33179601
soniapisana.dichter@raicinema.it

INTERNATIONAL PRESS OFFICE: Brigitta Portier & Gary Walsh - Alibi Communications 158 Bergstraat
3010- Kessel-Lo, Belgium
brigittaportier@alibicommunications.be
Tel. +32 477 98 25 84
Cell. +39 333 3322176
garywalsh@alibicommunications.be
Tel : 0032 495773882

ITALIAN PRESS OFFICE: Anna Rita Peritore
Via del Mascherino 90
Rome, Italy
Tel. 0668804737
annarita.peritore@yahoo.it


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