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ROME FILM FESTIVAL Competition / Italy-Germany

Servillo plays a hunted animal in A Quiet Life

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Servillo plays a hunted animal in A Quiet Life

The Italian actor of the moment, Toni Servillo plays Rosario, a chef hiding a criminal past in Claudio Cupellini’s Italian-German co-production A Quiet LIfe [+see also:
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, which hits Italian screens November 5 though 01 Distribution and will be released in Germany in early 2011.

Rosario, who’s been living in Germany for 12 years, "is a man in hiding, a hunted animal seeking shelter in a lair made up of three different languages that he speaks: Italian, with his employees; German, with his new family, his wife and their son; and Neapolitan with the son that appears from the past and threatens his new life,” said the actor, who was born a few kilometres from Naples and stars in French director Nicole Garcia’s Un Balcon sur la mer [+see also:
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(coming out domestically on December 15 through EuropaCorp).

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Beneath the white uniform of the cook with the quiet life lies a former killer who hoped he had put violence behind him, "but Rosario lives in constant terror of being found out, because you can’t run away from your past. The story, which centres around fatherhood, is classical, a tragedy".

Cupellini, making his second film Chocolate Lessons [+see also:
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, shot A Quiet Life with great skill and a partly German crew, in the style of a thriller based on current events. But, says the director, his intention was to “depict an existential theme typical to modern stories: man’s duplicity".

The film, which may be selected in the upcoming Berlinale’s Panorama section, was produced by Fabrizio Mosca for Acaba Produzioni (Nuovomondo [+see also:
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, Galantuomini [+see also:
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) with EOS Entertainment and France’s Babe Films. Mosca has a lot of faith in the capacities of the film’s international seller, Beta Cinema, which is taking A Quiet Life to the American Film Market, which opens tomorrow.

(Translated from Italian)

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