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Slam, Andrea Molaioli on a skateboard

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- The director of The Jewel is basing his next film on Nick Hornby’s bestselling novel Slam, the story of Sam and Alice who become parents at the age of 16

Slam, Andrea Molaioli on a skateboard
A scene from Slam

Andrea Molaioli’s new film, which is currently being filmed in Rome, is called Slam. The director of The Girl by the Lake [+see also:
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and The Jewel [+see also:
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 is basing his new piece on Nick Hornby’s bestselling novel Slam (which was published in Italy by Guanda and bears the same title as the film). Many of Hornby’s other books have already been successfully brought to the big screen, from High Fidelity to Fever Pitch and About a Boy [+see also:
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right up to the recent adaptation of A Long Way Down [+see also:
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, the only one to have been received somewhat negatively by audiences and critics the world over.

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Sam, the protagonist of Slam, is being played by Ludovico Tersigni, who trained in Cinecittà’s Cinecity skatepark at length to learn the basics of skateboarding; Barbara Ramella plays Alice, who shares the experience of being a parent at the age of 16 with Sam. This will be the first time that either of the young actors plays the lead in a film. Sam’s parents will be played by Jasmine Trinca and Luca Marinelli, whilst Alice’s will be brought to life by Pietro Ragusa and Fiorenza Tessari.

Shooting for the film, which was written by Andrea Molaioli himself with Francesco Bruni and Ludovica Rampoldi and is being produced by Indigo Film with Rai Cinema, will continue in Rome until the beginning of December. The film is scheduled for release in autumn 2016.

In the film, the skatepark becomes the place where our young protagonist, Sam, feels free and indulges his passion for this sport, which for him, is well and truly a way of life (just like it is for the kids that come here – the only public skatepark in the capital – and appear in the film).

To mark the occasion, production company Indigo Film, with the financial support of DC Shoes and in agreement with the municipality of Rome and the kids that go there, redeveloped and improved the Cinecity Skatepark, sprucing it up, making it bigger and installing new ‘skateable’ ramps. On 4 November, when filming in this location ended, the skatepark was given back to the city and the kids that go there to practise their sport on a daily basis.

(Translated from Italian)

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