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Wilma Labate is back shooting La ragazza ha volato

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- Filming is underway in Trieste on the Italian director’s new film, which is based on a screenplay written with the D’Innocenzo brothers and which stars the young Alma Noce

Wilma Labate is back shooting La ragazza ha volato
Alma Noce in La ragazza ha volato

Wilma Labate (La mia generazione, Domenica) is returning to fiction feature film direction after shooting a series of documentaries (the most recent of which, Arrivederci Saigon [+see also:
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, was presented within the Sconfini section of the 2018 Venice Film Festival). Labate has been in Trieste for the past few days, where filming is underway on La ragazza ha volato [+see also:
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, a movie based on a screenplay written by brothers Damiano and Fabio D’Innocenzo (Boys Cry [+see also:
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, Bad Tales [+see also:
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) together with the director herself.

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“The story written by the D’Innocenzo brothers blew me away because it tells the tale of a teenager living within the climate of inertia which pervades our lives today. It’s been a wonderful thing, embarking upon this project - a wholly female tale which the film world and the wider world really are in need of”, enthused Labate. Indeed, La ragazza ha volato tells the tale of Nadia, an awkward teenager who lives in Trieste, a border city caught between a raft of cultures, “a place buffeted by a powerful wind, where the protagonist grows up afflicted by a loneliness which she will unexpectedly escape”.

In the role of Nadia, we find the very youthful Alma Noce who made herself known to the wider public via Gabriele Muccino’s The Best Years [+see also:
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(released in February 2020) following a small part in Avengers: Age of Ultron in 2015. Alma is flanked by Luka Zunic (Thou Shalt Not Hate [+see also:
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) who plays Brando, Rossana Mortara (We Have A Pope [+see also:
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) who plays the protagonist’s mother, Massimo Somaglino (a theatre actor appearing on screen for the very first time) who steps into the shoes of her father, and Livia Rossi (Hammamet [+see also:
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) who plays her sister.

Photography is in the hands of Sandro Chessa (Assandira [+see also:
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), set design is entrusted to Flaviano Barbarisi, editing is that of Mario Marrone and costumes come courtesy of Metella Raboni, while Roberto Manni is the film’s executive producer.

La ragazza ha volato is produced by Tralab Srl and Nightswim Srl alongside RAI Cinema, in co-production with Staragara Institut (Slovenia), in association with Gianluca Arcopinto Srl, with the support of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Film Commission and the Italian Ministry for Culture’s Film and Audiovisual Department.

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(Translated from Italian)

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