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Ariaferma

Out of Competition

Director:
Leonardo Di Costanzo
Production:
Tempesta (Carlo Cresto-Dina), Amka Films Productions (Michela Pini, Amel Soudani), Rai Cinema
Running Time:
117’
Language:
Italian
Country:
Italy, Switzerland
Main Cast:
Toni Servillo, Silvio Orlando, Fabrizio Ferracane, Salvatore Striano, Roberto De Francesco, Pietro Giuliano, Nicola Sechi, Leonardo Capuano, Antonio Buil, Giovanni Vastarella, Francesca Ventriglia
Screenplay:
Leonardo Di Costanzo, Bruno Oliviero, Valia Santella
Cinematographer:
Luca Bigazzi
Editor:
Carlotta Cristiani
Production Designer:
Luca Servino
Costume Designer:
Florence Emir
Music:
Pasquale Scialò
Sound:
Xavier Lavorel
Visual Effects:
Chromatica, Freestudios

Synopsis

An old prison built in the 19th century, located in a remote and unspecified part of the Italian territory, is being decommissioned. As a result of bureaucratic holdups the transfers have been blocked and a dozen inmates are left, along with a few guards, waiting to be sent to new destinations. In a suspended atmosphere, the rules that keep them separate are slackened and new forms of relationship emerge among the remaining men.

Director’s Statement

Mortana prison does not exist in reality: it is an imaginary place, created out of the experience of visits to many jails. Almost everywhere we found a great willingness to talk, to open up. Sometimes the meetings would be attended by guards, managers and some of the inmates. And it proved easy to create a strange climate of conviviality, with people almost vying to tell their own stories. There was laughter too. Then, when the meeting was over, everyone resumed their roles and the men in uniform, keys in hand, took the others, the convicts, back to their cells. In the face of this drastic return to reality, we outsiders experienced a sense of disorientation. And it was this feeling that guided the making of the film: Ariaferma is not a film on the conditions in Italian prisons. It is perhaps a film on the absurdity of imprisonment.

Production/Distribution

PRODUCTION 1: Carlo Cresto-Dina – Tempesta
Via Salaria 320
00199 – Roma, Italia
Tel. +39 0510397600
info@tempestafilm.it

PRODUCTION 2: Michela Pini, Amel Soudani – Amka Films Productions
Via Sole 2
6942 – Savosa, Switzerland
Tel. +41 0919674076
michela@amka.ch

PRODUCTION 3: Rai Cinema
Piazza Adriana 12
00193 – Roma, Italia
Tel. +39 0633179601
anna.pomara@raicinema.it
http://www.raicinema.rai.it

WORLD SALES: Catia Rossi - Vision Distribution
Via Po 12
00198 – Roma, Italia
catia.rossi@visiondistribution.it
http://www.visiondistribution.it

ITALIAN DISTRIBUTION: Massimiliano Orfei - Vision Distribution
Via Po 12
00198 – Roma, Italia
emanuela.semeraro@visiondistribution.it
http://www.visiondistribution.it

ITALIAN DISTRIBUTION (PRESS OFFICE): Emanuela Semeraro
emanuela.semeraro@visiondistribution.it
http://www.visiondistribution.it

PRESS OFFICE: Claudia Tomassini, Pierpaolo Festa - Claudia Tomassini and Associates
claudia@claudiatomassini.com
pierpaolo@claudiatomassini.com

US PRESS OFFICE: Will Frank – Cinetic Media
will@cineticmedia.com

ITALIAN PRESS OFFICE: Jacopo Bistacchia
Tel. +39 347 3482991
jacopo.bistacchia@gmail.com


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