Francesco Mandelli filming Appena un minuto
by Camillo De Marco
- Mandelli, a director, actor, singer, and TV and radio host, is on set while his sophomore feature, Bene ma non benissimo, will be presented in the Alice nella Città section of the Rome Film Fest
As his second directorial outing, Bene ma non benissimo, is about to be premiered in the independent Alice nella Città section of the upcoming Rome Film Fest, Francesco Mandelli, a director, actor, screenwriter, singer, and TV and radio host, is already hard at work on the set of his next film. Indeed, the shoot for Appena un minuto (lit. “Just a Minute”) has kicked off in Rome and will last six weeks, and the movie stars Max Giusti, Massimo Wertmuller, Loretta Goggi, Paolo Calabresi, Dino Abbrescia, Herbert Ballerina, Antonello Fassari and Susy Laude, as well as rapper J-AX as himself.
Just like everyone else, the main character in Appena un minuto, Claudio, has had the same thought so many times: “If I could have gone back one minute, this wouldn’t have happened.” And if he’d been able to backtrack every once in a while, perhaps his life would have been different. Now he is a broke 50-year-old estate agent who is separated from his wife, and whose two children criticise him and are barely able to tolerate him. His best friend is Ascanio, a hustler forever waiting for the right turning point, who – for once – actually gives Claudio a good piece of advice: to buy his first smartphone. But as luck would have it, the device that Claudio buys is not just any phone: with one press of a button, he can turn back time by 60 seconds. From that moment on, it seems as though everything can change, and Claudio will try to get his life back on track, bit by bit. However, when he realises that the most precious thing is actually his own family, he will try to win them back – one minute at a time...
The film, written by Max Giusti together with Igor Artibani and Giuliano Rinaldi in conjunction with Giovanni Bognetti, is being produced by Marco Belardi with Lotus Production – a Leone Film Group company – together with Rai Cinema, in association with 3 Marys Entertainment. It will be distributed by 01 Distribution in 2019.
(Translated from Italian)
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