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Alessandro Borghi to play Rocco Siffredi in Supersex

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- The new Italian series produced by The Apartment and Groenlandia, which is dropping on Netflix in 2023 and on which the first clapperboard has slammed, is loosely based on the famous porn star’s life

Alessandro Borghi to play Rocco Siffredi in Supersex
Actor Alessandro Borghi on the set of Supersex (© Lucia Iuorio/Netflix)

Shooting has kicked off in Rome on the new Italian Netflix series Supersex, based on the life and career of Rocco Siffredi, with Alessandro Borghi (awarded a David di Donatello in 2019 for his portrayal of Stefano Cucchi in On My Skin [+see also:
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, recently seen in The Eight Mountains [+see also:
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in Cannes and in The Hanging Sun [+see also:
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in Venice, as well as in the international series Devils) primed and ready to play the famous Italian porn star.

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Set to unfold across seven episodes, the series is produced by Lorenzo Mieli on behalf of The Apartment (part of the Fremantle group) and by Matteo Rovere for Groenlandia (of the Banijay group). The show will drop in 190 countries in 2023.

The story is loosely based on the life of Rocco Siffredi and his direct testimonies, revolving around unseen aspects of the pornstar and recounting a profound tale which explores his life from childhood onwards: his family, his origins, his relationship with love, and the starting point and context which caused him to take the path of pornography.

The series’ cast also includes Jasmine Trinca (whose first directorial effort Marcel! [+see also:
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was presented in a Special Screening at this year’s Cannes Film Festival), Adriano Giannini (recently seen in Three Floors [+see also:
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and in the series Bang Bang Baby [+see also:
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) and Saul Nanni (Brado [+see also:
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) who are stepping into the shoes of Lucia, Tommaso and Rocco as a boy, respectively.

Created and written by Francesca Manieri, the series will be directed by Matteo Rovere (Italian Race [+see also:
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, Romulus & Remus – The First King [+see also:
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, Romulus, the series), Francesco Carrozzini (Franca: Chaos and Creation [+see also:
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, The Hanging Sun) and Francesca Mazzoleni (Punta Sacra [+see also:
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, Romulus 2).

Supersex is the story of a man who takes seven episodes and 350 minutes to say I love you, to accept that the demon he has in his body is compatible with love. In order for this to happen, he has to expose the only part of himself we’ve never seen: his soul”, specifies Manieri, whose recent works include L’immensità [+see also:
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by Emanuele Crialese and the miniseries Anna by Niccolò Ammaniti. “What does it mean to be men? Are we still capable of reconciling sexuality and emotions? These are the questions which are laid out before us, kaleidoscope-style, as we immerse ourselves in his incredible and breath-taking life”.

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(Translated from Italian)

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