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Gianfranco Rosi: “New film in Lampedusa” with boat landings in the background

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- The 2013 winner of the Golden Lion in Venice with Sacro GRA talks for the first time about his upcoming film produced with France

Gianfranco Rosi: “New film in Lampedusa” with boat landings in the background
Gianfranco Rosi

“I want to tell the story of the island of Lampedusa and its inhabitants, beyond the tragic arrival of migrants, whose presence will however be felt, like an echo.” Gianfranco Rosi, Golden Lion winner in 2013 in Venice for Sacro GRA [+see also:
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, has talked about his new film for the first time – to be produced by Rai Cinema, Cinecittà Luce and Avventurosa, in co-production with French Les Films d'Ici

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The idea came from Cinecittà Luce’s Roberto Ciccutto: “In the beginning, I thought of doing a short, but after two surveys, I thought it would be impossible to condense into ten minutes stories that were going to tell the story of an island,” Rosi said.

This is how Rosi, once promotion for Sacro GRA around the world (today he will be in New York) is over, has decided to move to the island this coming September. “I need to immerse myself in what I want to tell before I start shooting, and only then slowly, slowly find my narrative process. It is a very complex challenge. I hope to be up to the challenge.”

The provisional title, Mare Nostrum [+see also:
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, given to Cineuropa in April (read the article) will most certainly change, “because it is deviant”. One of the titles being thrown around is Aria Rossa, “because it is about a part of the island where things happen I want to show in the film,” Rosi said, talking about the project at a presentation at the RAI headquarters in Rome called LampedusaCinema 2014.

(Translated from Italian)

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