Roan Johnson returns to the big screen with Piuma
by Camillo De Marco
- The director of The First on the List and Fino a qui tutto bene is hard at work on a comedy about youngsters; he is continuing his partnership with Palomar, following I Delitti del Barlume
After making a name for himself with The First on the List [+see also:
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film profile] (lit. “Feather”). The London-born director, who grew up in Pisa, is again making use of the ironic and laid-back undertones of comedy, pitting two generations against each other: on one hand, children on the verge of the rite of passage from carefree adolescence to the complexity of the adult world; and on the other, parents struggling with the nigh-on impossible task of understanding and providing guidance.
Indeed, Piuma tells the story of Ferro (Luigi Fedele) and Cate (Blu Yoshimi), two kids trying to get to grips with an unplanned pregnancy, their families (rebellious Ferro’s hospitable, “normal” family, and level-headed Cate’s unhinged, atypical one), exams at school, friends and a general lack of jobs. The two lead characters are about to go through the most exciting and complicated nine months of their lives, all the while trying to hold on to their purity and their poetic point of view that makes them so special.
The film is being produced by Carlo Degli Esposti’s Palomar and Sky Cinema. Palomar is making a comeback to film, following the success of Leopardi [+see also:
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film profile] by Mario Martone and after it won the TV ratings game with The Red Band Society and Inspector Montalbano. It is also striking up a collaboration with Roan Johnson again, following three smash-hit seasons – with a fourth currently in production – of I Delitti del Barlume, which the director from Pisa wrote and directed for Sky Cinema and Palomar.
Piuma will be out in theatres on 20 October, courtesy of Lucky Red.
(Translated from Italian)