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The Summer In Winter hits screens, while Ardaco has three new projects on horizon

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More than two years after its screening at the Lecce European Film Festival (see news), The Summer In Winter [+see also:
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, the debut feature by Davide Sibaldi (who was 19 when he made it), is being released on Italian screens.

Shot over five days inside a hotel room, it tells the real-time, 70-minute story of an encounter between a 40-year-old prostitute and a client young enough to be her son. After they’ve had sex, the young man asks the woman to stay behind, drawing her into an open-hearted confession which lays bare “the fear of experiencing one’s emotions deeply, and the courage to grow”.

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The young director’s influences are lofty: starting with Dogme (Lars von Trier apparently enjoyed Sibaldi’s film), whose grainy digital images he borrows, and making an overly-dramatic leap to John Ford’s Stagecoach.

Made for €50,000, The Summer In Winter will be released on October 15 by Iris Film on a ten-print run. It was produced by Franco Bocca Gelsi for Enzo Coluccio’s Ardaco: one of the most active production companies on the Milanese film scene, which focuses greatly on newcomers (besides Sibaldi’s debut, it produced Chemical Hunger) and young auteurs (Federico Rizzo’s Escape from the Call Center [+see also:
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Among the company’s forthcoming productions, the most highly-anticipated is Altrove, the latest film by Vittorio Rifranti (winner of the Best Debut Film Leopard at Locarno with Cut the Parts in Grey). Later on, Ardaco will produce two other projects: Paolo Angelini’s Quanto Costa la Ragazza? (“How Much Does the Girl Cost?”), a gambling-themed comedy set in a casino; and Donato Pisani’s La Legge del Rugby (“The Law of Rugby”), a sort of Chemical Hunger set in the 1970s, against the backdrop of the Milanese suburbs and the rugby world.

Ardaco is also a member of the Lombardy Independent Producers’ Association (APIL): its aims include setting up a Development Fund supported – like other similar initiatives in Italy – by the region’s Film Commission.

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(Translated from Italian)

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