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Paolo Virzì and Marco Bellocchio to hit the set in May

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- Filming also set to start for The Pills, Massimiliano Bruno and Marco Ponti. Gennaro Nunziante starts shooting his new comedy with box office hit Checco Zalone

Paolo Virzì and Marco Bellocchio to hit the set in May
Actress Valeria Bruni Tedeschi in a scene from Human Capital

After winning over critics and audiences alike with Human Capital [+see also:
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interview: Paolo Virzì
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, filming is set to start on Paolo Virzì’s new film, La pazza gioia, on 18 May. The film is a comedy-drama which takes the viewer on a walk outside a clinical structure that looks after women with problems in that open-air madhouse that is Italy”, as the Livorno-born director explained. With a cast that includes Micaela Ramazzotti, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Valentina Carnelutti, Tommaso Ragno, Bob Messini and Bobo Rondelli, the film is being produced by Lotus Production and Rai Cinema and will be shot in Tuscany and Rome. The film marks the first time Virzì has done any shooting in his homeland since filming The First Beautiful Thing [+see also:
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 in 2010.

On 11 May filming starts for the first feature film of the group The Pills, entitled Mezzogiorno meno un quarto [+see also:
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. The film, which is by the writers of one of the most well-loved web series on Youtube, is being produced by Pietro Valsecchi’s production company Taodue and Matteo Rovere’s production company Groenladia.   

Filming is also due to start on another four films in May. Fai bei sogni [+see also:
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Q&A: Marco Bellocchio
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]
 by Marco Bellocchio, set largely in Turin and based on the book of the same name by Massimo Gramellini, is the story of a secret sealed away in an envelope for forty years. It’s the tale of a child, then an adult, who must learn to face up to the biggest pain, the loss of his mother, and the most insidious of mosters, the fear of living. Photography by Daniele Ciprì, produced by Beppe Caschetto for IBC Movie with Kavac and Rai Cinema.

Then there’s Gli ultimi saranno ultimi [+see also:
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 by Massimiliano Bruno. The film opens on a pregnant blue-collar worker who is unemployed and on the verge of giving birth; in a state of desperation, she barges into her former place of work and takes the managing director hostage. The film stars Paola Cortellesi and Alessandro Gassmann and is based on the play of the same name by Paola Cortellesi, Massimiliano Bruno, Giampiero Solari and Furio Andreotti.

This brings us to Io che amo solo te. [+see also:
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interview: Luca Bianchini
interview: Marco Ponti
interview: Michele Placido, Maria Pia …
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]
Based on the book by Luca Bianchini, it is being directed by Marco Ponti and stars Riccardo Scamarcio and Laura Chiatti. Ninella is fifty years old and has one great love, Don Mimì, who she couldn’t marry. But destiny sends her a gift: her daughter falls in love with none other than the son of the man she’s always dreamed of, and the young couple decide to tie the knot. Produced by IIF - Italian International Film, the production company of Fulvio and Federica Lucisano.

Finally we come to the new film of undisputed box-office hit Checco ZaloneL'amico di scorta, directed by Gennaro Nunziante with scenes shot in Norway. Produced by Taodue, it tells the story of a famous Neapolitan comedian who finds himself with a bodyguard after offending a mafia boss. Protecting him is a Milanese carabinere police officer, who is pulled from the job due to cuts to public spending. The comedian, however, doesn’t want to give up his “bodyguard friend”.

(Translated from Italian)

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