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Shooting is under way on Domenico Croce’s first work, Vetro

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- The first title produced by the fledgling company Fidelio is a psychological thriller revolving around a “hikikomori”: an adolescent who never leaves her bedroom

Shooting is under way on Domenico Croce’s first work, Vetro
Carolina Sala in Vetro (© Claudia Sicuranza)

Filming is under way in Rome on Vetro, which is the first feature-length work directed by Domenico Croce (who won a David di Donatello in 2021 for his short film Anne) and the first cinematic title produced by the fledgling film and audiovisual production company Fidelio, in league with Vision Distribution.

Written by Solinas Prize finalists Ciro Zecca and Luca Mastrogiovanni, Vetro is the story of a young “hikikomori”, which is the name given to adolescents who choose to turn their bedrooms into prison cells. Spying on her neighbours, she realises that something frightening is unfolding in the apartment opposite her. But her desire to investigate clashes with the impossibility of leaving her bedroom and leads to unexpected situations.

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The cast of the film, which is described as a psychological thriller, is led by Carolina Sala (seen in the web series Fedeltà and in TV dramas La guerra è finita and Pezzi unici), Tommaso Ragno (Happy As Lazzaro [+see also:
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, The Bad Poet [+see also:
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, Tre piani [+see also:
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, and soon to be seen in Cannes) and Marouane Zotti (In Memory of Myself [+see also:
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, and the series I May Destroy You [+see also:
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).

Founded in 2019 by Daniele Basilio and Silvio Maselli, who have both worked as audiovisual executives for some 20 years now (Maselli, in particular, was the president of the Italian Film Commissions, secretary general of ANICA and a Culture and Tourism councilor in Bari), Fidelio’s creative team also comprises partners Valerio Mastandrea (awarded 4 David di Donatello trophies as an actor, but he’s also a director and screenwriter) and the dancer and choreographer Elisa Barucchieri.

Vetro will be shot entirely in a studio, with special effects entrusted to Edi and specialist make-up to Andrea Leanza (both of whom received awards at the 2021 David di Donatellos). The film will be distributed in Italy and elsewhere by Vision Distribution.

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(Translated from Italian)

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