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Francesco Barilli wraps filming on Il Paese del melodramma


- The director and screenwriter takes noir film to the Teatro Regio in Parma, featuring the music of Giuseppe Verdi

Francesco Barilli wraps filming on Il Paese del melodramma
Luca Magri on the set of Il Paese del melodramma

Filming has wrapped in Parma on Il Paese del melodramma, written and directed by Francesco Barilli and produced by Avila Entertainment courtesy of Luca Magri, Antonio Amoretti and Pietro Corradi. The final period of filming on this new movie by the Parma-born director, actor, screenwriter and painter, unfolded in the Teatro Regio, one of the most prestigious and well-known theatres in the world. Home to the operatic tradition par excellence, Bernardo Bertolucci’s Before the Revolution and Dario Argento’s Opera were also shot here, and the venue was previously honoured by Barilli in a 2015 documentary looking back on the theatre’s four-hundred-year history.

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With shades of noir, the director recounts the adventures of Carlo Gandolfi (Luca Magri, with whom Barilli has previously collaborated at various points in his career: Il Solitario, La casa nel vento dei morti and the short film L’Urlo), a brilliant opera singer whose career comes to an abrupt halt following the death of his wife and daughter. From this point onwards, he’s a man cut adrift, overcome by an alcohol addiction. The person of Death (French actor Luc Merenda, a symbolic face of 1970s Italian film whom Barilli previously directed in the 1977 movie Hotel Fear) decides that now is the time for Carlo to take centre stage once more: he wants him to play Verdi’s Macbeth, and perfectly. Otherwise, he’ll take Carlo back with him to his realm.

The cast also stars Nina Torresi, Eugenio Degiacomi and Stefano Pesce. Photography is entrusted to Alessio Gelsini Torresi (Sul mare [+see also:
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) and editing to Nicola Tasso, who also wrote the screenplay in league with Barilli. “Il Paese del melodrama”, the director writes, “is a film about opera, about the Teatro Regio in Parma, about alcohol addiction and about the human tragedy. Of the various characters, Death is the most interesting; he loves music and Giuseppe Verdi. Death is tired of turning men into cadavers and is in love with art, because art in any of its forms never dies, while its authors do die, leaving wonderful things behind them forevermore. The men and women involved in this story are mere puppets, controlled by the biggest puppet-master of them all: Death”.

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(Translated from Italian)

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