Alessandro Gassmann and Marco Giallini star in Massimiliano Bruno's Beata ignoranza
by Vittoria Scarpa
- After Gli ultimi saranno ultimi, the director returns to comedy with a film that delves into our dependence on social networks, produced by Italian International Film with Rai Cinema
Monday 12 September saw the start of the shoot for the new film by Massimiliano Bruno, Beata ignoranza (lit. “Blissful Ignorance”), in Rome. For his fifth effort behind the camera, the actor-director is once again working with actors Alessandro Gassman (who starred in Viva l’Italia [+see also:
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Gassmann and Giallini (who are forming a double act on set once again, following Edoardo Falcone's Se Dio vuole [+see also:
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“The idea for the film came from a post I wrote four years ago, when I already felt I was too 'social'; but I never imagined how it would blow up so soon afterwards,” states Bruno. “So I thought that it would be fun to portray this huge change in global society, and I needed two great actors to do that.” Gassmann and Giallini are flanked by fellow cast members Valeria Bilello, Carolina Crescentini and Teresa Romagnoli.
(Translated from Italian)