Leone nel basilico, Ida di Benedetto, a natural grandmother
by Camillo De Marco
- The comedy, which marks Leone Pompucci’s return to film after years of making successful TV series, was released in theatres today by Microcinema
Out in cinemas today with Microcinema is Leone nel basilico [+see also:
film profile], a new comedy directed by Leone Pompucci, who returns to the big screen with his fourth film after years of making successful TV series. The film stars Ida di Benedetto along with Carla Signoris, Catrinel Marlon, Augusto Fornari, Domenico Diele and Mariano Rigillo. The film was produced by Titania Produzioni, a company founded by Ida di Benedetto and her daughter Stefania Bifano, in collaboration with Rai Cinema.
It’s 14 August, a hot summer’s morning, and in a near-deserted train station is a 60-year-old woman (Ida di Benedetto) with a shopping trolley by her side. She’s fallen asleep after taking a tranquilizer. A hand shakes her, that of a young woman, who places a baby of just a few months in her arms and runs away.
Thus begins “the encounter of a life that’s ebbing away with a life that’s just beginning”, as the producer, Stefania Bifano, describes it. “This film is a great opportunity to tell an extraordinary story of compassion. We have an antihero protagonist, the elderly Maria Celeste, a sad and odd lost clown, who, after a few gags, finds herself embarking on a wayward adventure that’s a lot bigger than her, but that only she can take on”.
(Translated from Italian)