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Filming begins on Massimo Donati’s Diario di spezie

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- Based on his novel of the same name, the film will be shot mainly in Trentino with actors Lorenzo Richelmy, Fabrizio Ferracane and Fabrizio Rongione

Filming begins on Massimo Donati’s Diario di spezie
Actors Lorenzo Richelmy, Fabrizio Ferracane and Fabrizio Rongione

Writer Massimo Donati makes his feature film directorial debut with Diario di Spezie, adapted from his own 2013 novel of the same name and which started filming a few days ago. Already behind the camera for Fuoriscena, a documentary about the Accademia Teatro alla Scala co-directed with Alessandro Leone, Donati is directing in this new film Lorenzo Richelmy (Il talento del calabrone, Rainbow - A Private Affair [+see also:
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), Fabrizio Ferracane (The Traitor [+see also:
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, Black Souls [+see also:
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) and Fabrizio Rongione (seen recently in Love Under House Arrest [+see also:
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, Rose Stone Star [+see also:
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and Azor [+see also:
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at the Berlinale). The film is produced by Master Five Cinematografica with Rai Cinema and Rodeo Drive, with the support of the Trentino Film Commission.

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Written for the big screen by Donati himself, Diario di spezie is a thriller telling the story of Luca Treves, an expert in spices, and Andreas Dürren-Fischer, a famous restorer of Flemish paintings. The two belong to opposite worlds and could not be more different: the first is as timid and awkward, as the second is self-confident and worldly.

However, when Luca meets Andreas, he thinks the time has finally come to change careers and leave the provincial restaurant which guarantees him a quiet life, but which also forces him to sacrifice his highest professional ambitions. Luca, however, does not know that Andreas hides unspeakable secrets and a past that is impossible to forget. During the journey the two go on together, the only way to maintain clarity is the diary where for years Luca has noted observations on spices and the preparation of recipes…

Filming on Diario di spezie will last seven weeks and will take place in Trentino (four weeks), in the Lazio (one week) and in Belgium (three days). Vladan Radovic (Of Only [+see also:
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, The Traitor) will be the film’s director of photography.

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(Translated from Italian)

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