Samuele Rossi to shoot GlassBoy in September
by Camillo De Marco
- The new project by the Tuscan director-screenwriter will be a modern-day fairy tale based on Fabrizio Silei’s children’s book Il Bambino di Vetro
GlassBoy, a European co-production between Italy, Switzerland and Austria, is the new project by Tuscan director-screenwriter Samuele Rossi, loosely based on the novel Il Bambino di Vetro by Fabrizio Silei, which won the Andersen Award in 2012, Italy’s highest accolade for works of fiction aimed at children. The film, which will begin shooting this coming September, will rework the imagery of the great cult children’s films of the 1980s and 1990s, but in a modern context. It will be produced by Solaria Film, owned by Emanuele Nespeca (a member of ACE Producers since 2010 and a Producer on the Move in 2016), Zurich-based Peacock Film and Viennese outfit WildArt Film, in conjunction with Rai Cinema, with contributions from the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities – General Directorate for Film, the Tuscany region – APQ Sensi Contemporanei, the Lazio region – Lazio Cinema International, Eurimages and Creative Europe. The project came out on top after being submitted for the “Lazio Cinema International” call, and was presented with the “Lazio Land of Cinema” Award by the region’s president, Nicola Zingaretti.
Twelve-year-old Pino is trapped in a small, colourful town nestling at the foot of some gigantic rocky mountains, and is fed up with a life that is always the same. He has been confined to his family’s huge, fabulous villa all his life, owing to a rare form of haemophilia. But he defies his fragile condition, the fears of his parents and the outdated beliefs of his domineering maternal grandmother when he comes into contact with the Piazza Vecchia Gang, five hotheaded and unpredictable kids who are causing trouble in the neighbourhood.
Set to breathe life into the main character of Pino is young actor Andrea Arru, who is 12 years old and comes from the province of Sassari in Sardinia. Arru can already brag about having collaborated with some of the biggest names in the world of fashion and photography, from Armani to Olivero Toscani, and after racking up some initial acting experience in a clutch of short films, he’s also part of the cast for the new film by Toni D’Angelo, Calibro 9, which he is working on right now alongside prominent thesps of the likes of Alessio Boni and Michele Placido. He gets his first starring role in GlassBoy.
Samuele Rossi, for whom this is the second fiction feature, after 2012’s La strada verso casa and three documentaries, penned the screenplay together with Josella Porto and brothers Damiano and Fabio D'Innocenzo, who rose to fame last year with their stunning feature debut, Boys Cry [+see also:
interview: Damiano and Fabio D’Innocenzo
(Translated from Italian)
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