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Filming begins in Turin for Le ultime cose

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- The debut piece by Irene Dionisio is being produced by Tempesta with Rai Cinema in co-production with Switzerland (Amka Films) and France (Ad Vitam); Fabrizio Falco stars in the film

Filming begins in Turin for Le ultime cose
Fabrizio Falco and Christina Andrea Rosamilia on the set of Le ultime cose (photo: Simona Pampallo)

Filming has started in Turin for Le ultime cose [+see also:
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, the debut film by Irene Dionisio, which is being produced by Carlo Cresto-Dina’s production company Tempesta with Rai Cinema. The film, which tells three stories that intertwine at the ‘Banco dei Pegni’ (the offices of the State moneylender) in modern-day Turin, stars Fabrizio Falco (who won the award for Best New Young Actor at the 69th Venice Film Festival for Dormant Beauty [+see also:
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by Bellocchio and It Was the Son [+see also:
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by Ciprì), Alfonso Santagata, Christina Andrea Rosamilia, Roberto De Francesco, Maria Eugenia D’Aquino, Salvatore Cantalupo and Anna Ferruzzo.

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“One day, around the same time I entered into discussions over my first film with Tempesta, I walked into the Banco dei Pegni and was struck by how meaningful and lively this ‘debt office’ was”, said the director. “I spent a long time exploring the impact of financial pressure on people’s lives. The Banco dei Pegni became a place of observation for me for several months. Through dialogue, the relationships people have with objects and individual stories, I wanted to paint a tragic yet grotesque picture. I hope I have succeeded in my film in making this place into a metaphor for a society built on the eternal conflict between the debtor and creditor”.

Le ultime cose, which will be shot over five weeks entirely in Toronto, is a co-production with Switzerland (Amka Films Productions) and France (Ad Vitam), and has received financial support from the Film Commission Torino Piemonte and the Italian Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism. The cinematography is being taken care of by Caroline Champetier (who works with Dolloin, Rivette and Godard on a regular basis).

“We got in touch with Irene Dionisio after seeing her documentary short La fabbrica è piena and there was an immediate understanding between us that we wanted to work together to recount the present”, said the producer Carlo Cresto-Dina. “Le ultime cose is another Tempesta film, which was born from in-depth research on the ground, fifteen re-writes of the screenplay, and a casting and coaching process which went on for months”. Memorable Tempesta productions include Alice Rohrwacher’s two films Corpo Celeste [+see also:
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(selected for Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes) and The Wonders [+see also:
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(which won the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes), and The Interval [+see also:
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by Leonardo Di Costanzo (which won seven prizes at the 69th Venice Film Festival). 

(Translated from Italian)

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