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Paolo Virzì - director

Interview - Venice, out of competition

Virzì describes his latest film, My name is Tanino, as an adventurous journey

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by Federico Greco

Paolo Virzì describes his latest film, My name is Tanino [+see also:
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, out of competition, as “an adventurous journey and a paean to stupidity and youthful candour.” Virzì wrote the screenplay together with his habitual writing partner, Francesco Bruni and Francesco Piccolo, “Bruni and I are like an old married couple who decided to try a ménage à trois. His name was Piccolo.”

Who is Tanino?
“A really thick film fan in his twenties. A disorganised daydreamer who actually faints whenever he’s faced with a new problem. I based him on some of the aspiring students I met at the SNC – National Film School. They came full of dreams, but to a man were unable to pass the entry exam. Tanino comes from a tiny village in Sicily called Castelluzzo del Golfo where he meets and falls for an American tourist called Sally. Six months down the line, he decides to go and visit her in America, a journey that takes Tanino on a series of hilarious adventures”.

What’s next for you?
“Bruni and I are writing a story about a 13-year-old schoolgirl who comes to Rome from the provinces”.

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