Ivan Cotroneo returns to directing with Un bacio
by Camillo De Marco
- Next Monday, the shoot will get under way in Udine for the new film by the author and screenwriter, based on his novel of the same name, published by Bompiani
Next Monday, the shoot will kick off in Udine for the film Un bacio [+see also:
film profile] (lit. “A Kiss”) by Ivan Cotroneo, based on his novel of the same name, published by Bompiani. The author and screenwriter is thus making a return to the experience of directing, following his debut film, La kryptonite nella borsa [+see also:
interview: Ivan Cotroneo
film profile], which was presented in competition at the Rome International Film Festival in 2011, and the web and TV series Una mamma imperfetta.
Un bacio – the shoot for which will continue for six weeks in Udine and will wrap in early June in Rome – is a film about being a teenager, first times and the quest for happiness, as well as bullying and homophobia. It is about the role models and the traditional values that prevent us, and above all prevent children, from being happy, and from finding the path towards their own personal contentment.
The three young main characters in the film, selected from among the 2,000 youngsters who turned up for the casting sessions, are played by Rimau Grillo Ritzberger, Valentina Romani and Leonardo Pazzagli. Another 300 children out of those discovered in the course of the auditions will be included in a number of scenes in the film, mainly those that unfold at school.
Un bacio can boast cinematography by Luca Bigazzi, and it will be edited by Ilaria Fraioli, while the production design is handled by Ivana Gargiulo and costumes by Rossano Marchi. It is produced by Indigo Film, Titanus (which is making a return to film production after 26 years), Lucky Red and Rai Cinema, with the collaboration of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Film Commission. It will be distributed by Lucky Red in 2016.
(Translated from Italian)