Davide Ferrario is shooting Boys
- The Italian director is telling the tale of a group of friends united by their passion for music
Monday 26 October saw filming commence on Boys (working title: Tutto qua), Davide Ferrario’s new film which is produced by Lionello Cerri and Cristiana Mainardi on behalf of Lumière & Co. in league with RAI Cinema. The film shoot is scheduled to last 6 weeks.
The veteran Lombardy-based director, writer and film critic who’s best known for films Guardami, selected for the 1999 Venice Film Festivals’ Dreams and Visions section, After Midnight [+see also:
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The film tells the tale of a group of adult friends, each leading their own separate lives but united by the passion which first led to their meeting: music. The Boys, this being the name of their band, had huge success with a record they released back in the Seventies, and an opportunity to return to the profession suddenly presents itself, interrupting their day-to-day routine rocked by love affairs and family dramas. But they will need to reconcile their former dreams and ambitions to the current, modern world. Taking on roles within this group of friends are Neri Marcorè, Marco Paolini, Giovanni Storti and Giorgio Tirabassi. The soundtrack and songs are those of Mauro Pagani.
"Looking beyond the film itself", Davide Ferrario writes in his production notes, "to commence filming on 26 October, the first day of quasi-lockdown in Italy, is very clearly symbolic: the world of cinema must move forwards, with all the necessary precautions and in full compliance with the rules, using masks and swab tests... But it can’t just grind to a halt. The most immediate dangers posed by the pandemic obviously relate to the country’s health and economy, but there is a more subtle threat: that it might rob us of our imaginary. Closing cinemas, theatres, concert halls and museums, hindering the creation of new works and activities. As directors, actors and professionals, all we can do is accept the challenge and plough on”.
(Translated from Italian)
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