Paolo Genovese slams the first clapperboard on Il primo giorno della mia vita
- Produced by Medusa Film and Lotus, the new film by the author of Perfect Strangers will be toplined by Valerio Mastandrea, Margherita Buy, Sara Serraiocco and Toni Servillo
A story about the strength required to start over when everything appears to be falling apart around you: this is what is promised by Paolo Genovese’s new film intitled Il primo giorno della mia vita, on which filming commenced this Monday in Rome. This latest feature film put forth by the director of the international hit Perfect Strangers [+see also:
film profile], which inspired a record 18 remakes around the world, is produced by Marco Belardi on behalf of Lotus Production (Leone Film Group), and by Medusa Film who are also distributing the work.
Written by Genovese himself, together with Paolo Costella, Rolando Ravello and Isabella Aguilar, and based upon the director’s novel of the same name published by Einaudi, the story tells the tale of a man (Valerio Mastandrea), two women (Margherita Buy and Sara Serraiocco) and a boy (Gabriele Cristini) who are sure they’ve hit rock bottom. They meet a mysterious character (Toni Servillo) who offers to show them how the world would look without them over the course of one week and, in so doing, provides them with an opportunity to find the strength to start over and to fall in love with life again, the inestimable value of which is pushed to the fore.
As stated by Genovese, whose previous film Supereroi starring Jasmine Trinca and Alessandro Borghi is yet to be released: “All stories have their own destiny and it’s no coincidence that this one is appearing at this point in time, after roughly four years of writing and re-writing. I believe this is the right time to make a film about the desire and the need to start over”.
Joining the protagonists in the cast of Il primo giorno della mia vita are Elena Lietti, Antonio Gerardi, Vittoria Puccini, Thomas Trabacchi and Alessandro Tiberi. Photography is entrusted to Fabrizio Lucci, set design to Chiara Balducci and costumes are in the hands of Gemma Mascagni.
Il primo giorno della mia vita will be shot entirely in Rome with filming due to last a total of nine weeks.
(Translated from Italian)
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