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Piccioni, Verdone and Vicari shoot forthcoming movies

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The film shoot season has begun: from Piccioni and Verdone to Vicari, Brizzi and Miniero, Italian directors are all hard at work on highly-anticipated films to be released in the coming months.

The eight-week shoot started yesterday in Rome on Giuseppe Piccioni’s Il Rosso e il Blu (“The Red and the Blue”), starring Margherita Buy, Riccardo Scamarcio and Roberto Herlitzka. Produced by Donatella Botti for Bianca Film with funding from MiBAC, the film is based on Italian writer-journalist Marco Lodoli’s homonymous book and is set in a school in Rome. Co-scripted by the director and Francesca Manieri, it centres on a cynical old teacher, a young supply teacher and a strict headmistress.

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Shooting also started yesterday in Cinecittà Studios on Carlo Verdone’s latest feature, Posti In Piedi In Paradiso (“Standing Room In Paradise”), about the economic woes of divorced husbands. The film will centre on the relationship between the three male protagonists (Carlo Verdone, Pierfrancesco Favino and Marco Giallini) and main female character (Micaela Ramazzotti), who are united by their shared financial and romantic instability. Filming will wrap after August 15 in Paris.

Having already sparked considerable controversy (see news), shooting will soon get underway on Daniele Vicari’s Diaz, starring Elio Germano, Claudio Santamaria, German actress Jennifer Ulrich (The Wave [+see also:
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) and Romanian thesp Monica Barladeanu (Francesca). Shooting is slated to start on June 27.

Meanwhile, Fausto Brizzi will be on set for 3D comedy Sex 3D, starring Claudia Gerini and Fabio De Luigi. Here, the Rome-born director is abandoning the ensemble comedy format (Men vs. Women [+see also:
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) to focus on one couple and the theme of sex. Produced by Wild Side and shot in Turin, the film will be released in theatres on February 10, 2012.

Finally, Luca Miniero will soon return to Castellabate in Campania (before relocating to the north) for Welcome to the North, the sequel to the hit Welcome to the South [+see also:
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(€30m in box office takings last year), which will be released on January 27, 2012. Shooting will take place in Naples, Milan and Valle D’Aosta.

(Translated from Italian)

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