Look Up and A Ciambra at the Paris Coproduction Village
by Fabien Lemercier
- Having turned heads at Cannes, Italian directors Fulvio Risuleo and Jonas Capignano are unveiling their first and second feature projects, respectively
Standing out among the 20 projects under the spotlight since Wednesday at the second edition of the Paris Coproduction Village (founded by the Les Arcs European Film Festival and the Champs-Elysées Festival – read the news) is Look Up (Guarda in alto) by Italy’s Fulvio Risuleo. The young Roman filmmaker (who was born in 1991) made a splash recently when he won the Jury Prize in the 54th Critics’ Week at the 68th Cannes Film Festival with his short film Varicella. In addition, he had already been rewarded last year on the Croisette by snagging third prize in the Cinéfondation short-film competition with Sourdough.
The story (which is now in its second draft) centres on a community living by its own rules on the rooftops of Rome, and the misfortunes of a young man who is about to discover this parallel world. Produced by Donatello Della Pepa and Federico Giacinti for the outfit Revok, Look Up has an estimated budget of €550,000, €400,000 of which are already in place. The shoot is due to take place in summer 2016.
This year, the Paris Coproduction Village development and funding platform can count another Italian project among its participants, with A Ciambra by Jonas Capignano, who is currently a resident at the Cannes Festival Cinéfondation. This will be the second feature by the director who has won a string of awards with his short films, and whose feature debut, Mediterranea [+see also:
interview: Jonas Carpignano
film profile] (read the review), had its world premiere in competition last month in the Cannes Critics’ Week. His new project revolves around Pio, an 11-year-old Romany boy who is the youngest of ten children living in southern Italy. In a hurry to grow up, Pio already smokes and drinks, and follows his elder brother around everywhere all the time. But one day, the small gang steals a car that they really shouldn’t have – the one belonging to the local N'drangheta boss...
(Translated from French)