Filming commences on Ginevra Elkann's Magari
by Camillo De Marco
- The producer's first stab at directing is a partially autobiographical story. Wildside and Iconoclast are producing the film
Filming is due to take place on Ginevra Elkann's directorial debut, Magari, from 14 January to 26 February in Rome and Sabaudia. It is the first feature to be directed by the independent producer and distributor. The film was produced by Mario Gianani, Lorenzo Mieli and Marco Martani for Wildside, a subsidiary of FremantleMedia. The French company Iconoclast was also involved in the project, which is a minority co-production.
The film – in French and Italian – will star "children, kids of divorced parents living in Paris, who travel to Rome to visit their father," states the director, who wrote the screenplay along with the writer Chiara Barzini. The film’s references are partly autobiographical, considering that Ginevra Elkann's parents – the niece of the legendary Fiat patron Gianni Agnelli – separated when she was just three years old. "Every child with divorced parents – and there are a lot of us these days – feels somewhat disconnected. There is a difficulty in having to adapt to your parents' lives."
Ginevra Elkann – who has recently produced quality titles such as Land by Babak Jalali, Arianna by Carlo Lavagna and Chlorine by LambertoSanfelicewith her company Asmara Films, and is also distributing There is a Light by Fabio Mollo and Don't Be Bad by Claudio Caligari with Good Films – studied directing at London Film School, and was assistant director to Bernardo Bertolucci on Besieged in 1998, after having directed the short film Vado a Messa, selected at Venice Film Festival.
The latest titles to be produced by Wilside include Luca Miniero's next film, Attenti al gorilla (read the news) and Limonov byPawel Pawlikowski, while Iconoclast screened The World is Yours by Romain Gavras at Cannes Directors' Fortnight in 2018. Another of the outfit’s films, Le Jour de gloire by Antoine de Bary (news), is also currently in post-production.
(Translated from Italian)
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