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It’s a wrap on Valerio Mastandrea’s Ride

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- The directorial debut of the actor who recently won a David de Donatello for Fiore has been shot over six weeks between Nettuno and Rome. It has been produced by Kimerafilm with Rai Cinema

It’s a wrap on Valerio Mastandrea’s Ride
Actor and director Valerio Mastandrea on the sets of Ride (© Angelo Turetta)

Lauded actor Valerio Mastandrea (recent winner of the David de Donatello for Best Male Supporting Actor for Fiore [+see also:
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and past David winner for The First Beautiful Thing [+see also:
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, Gli Equilibristi [+see also:
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and Long Live Freedom [+see also:
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) has just finished shooting his directorial debut Ride [+see also:
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interview: Valerio Mastandrea
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, produced by Kimerafilm (to whom we owe Don't Be Bad [+see also:
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, where Mastandrea was the producer) in collaboration with Rai Cinema. The shooting, which lasted six weeks, was divided between Nettuno, Marina di Ardea and Rome.

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The action of film (with a screenplay written by Mastandrea and Enrico Audenino) occurs at Carolina’s house on a Sunday in May. You end up counting the hours because 24 hours later, it becomes necessary to publically join the collective disarray in a small coastal community, a few kilometres from the capital. This chaos stems from the loss of Mauro Secondari, a young worker who falls to his death in the factory where he works, a place that has employed at least three generations of the local population. In this way, Carolina finds herself alone after seven days, with a ten-year old son and extreme difficulties in tapping into the pain of having lost the love of her life. The burial is just a day away and everyone expects to see a devastated young widow, collapsing from grief every few minutes. What can be done to ensure that all these people are not deceived? And how does she ensure, above all else, that she does not deceive herself?

The film crew includes Chiara Martegiani (Maternity Blues [+see also:
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, Meno Male Che Ci Sei [+see also:
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, Un Gioco Da Ragazze [+see also:
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), Renato Carpentieri (very recent winner of the Nastro d’Argento for Best Actor for Holding Hands [+see also:
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interview: Gianni Amelio
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), Stefano Dionisi (recently on Sky in the TV series 1993), Arturo Marchetti and Milena Vukotic. Cinematography has been entrusted to Andrea Fastella, sound to Gianluca Constamagna, sets to Marta Maffucci, and costumes to Olivia Bellini.

Ride, recognised for its cultural interest and therefore made with the contribution and patronage of the Direction générale Cinéma du Ministère de la Culture, will be brought to Italian screens by 01 Distribution.

Among the latest productions from Kimerafilm, Il Contagio, the second feature film by Matteo Botrugno and Daniele Coluccini (after Et In Terra Pax, also produced by Kimerafilm) deserves a mention. This film, based on a novel by Walter Siti, will release soon and be distributed by Notorious Pictures.

(Translated from Italian)

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