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First of all, the jewels in the crown, postponed due to the pandemic: Freaks out by Gabriele Mainetti will be released on October 28th, and Diabolik by the Manetti Bros on December 16th. During the Christmas holidays, also La Befana vien di notte 2 Le origini by Paola Randi starring Monica Bellucci, Fabio De Luigi, Herbert Ballerina, Alessandro Haber, Corrado Guzzanti. Among the anticipated titles, Il comandante by Edoardo De Angelis; Chiara by Susanna Nicchiarelli on the saint from Assisi, La chimera by Alice Rohrwacher on the looting of archeological sites, and I promessi sposi by Pietro Marcello.

Paolo Del Brocco, Managing Director of Rai Cinema, announces the new productions and the films which will be ready in the coming months: “Cinema never stopped completely. The Ministry of Culture strongly boosted the industry by increasing the funds for the emergency. Independent producers managed to implement extraordinary sanitary measures. Crews kept on working despite the pandemic. And then, last but not least, Rai is here with its significant and committed support. Rai’s biennial production plan includes 135 film, of which 60 are first or second films, 40 documentaries, an investment of 150 million Euro, the participation of 120 production companies and 180 directors. And 40 films will be directed by women, such as actresses Jasmine Trinca and Claudia Gerini, but also Susanna Nicchiarelli, Alice Rohrwacher, Laura Bispuri.

The new productions follow two distinct lines, the commercial and the cultural. A common thread is represented by “strong stories with strong emotions, moving away from globalization in order to convey narratives that feel authentically ours.” Del Brocco adds: “Nobody knows what will come next, but I hope that people will go back to cinemas, enough with series seen while sitting on the sofa. After the pandemic, we will be less inclined to rarefied and intimist stories, and we will look out for something in which we recognize ourselves.” Among the titles in production, The Palace by Roman Polanski, set on New Year’s Eve 1999. 

Stories of distinguished Italians: Dante by Pupi Avati starring Sergio Castellitto; Qui rido io by Mario Martone starring Toni Servillo, Maria Nazionale, Cristiana Dell’Anna, Antonia Truppo, Eduardo Scarpetta, Roberto De Francesco, Lino Musella, Paolo Pierobon, Gianfelice Imparato, Iaia Forte on playwright Eduardo Scarpetta; L’ombra di Caravaggio by Michele Placido starring Riccardo Scamarcio, Isabelle Huppert, Louis Garrel, Vinicio Marchioni, Micaela Ramazzotti, Alessandro Haber, Lorenzo Lavia, a biopic on the great and tormented painter; Resilient by Roberto Faenza starring Laura Haddock, Edward Holcroft, Elisa Lasowski, Francesco Montanari, Lorenzo Ciamei dedicated to Mario Capecchi, Nobel Prize for medicine who was abandoned as a child during WW2; I Fratelli De Filippo by Sergio Rubini starring Mario Autore, Domenico Pinelli, Giancarlo Giannini, Anna Ferraioli Ravel, Biagio Izzo, Susy Del Giudice.

Among the so-called bestsellers, adapted from books, the roster includes: Tre piani byNanni Moretti, from the eponymous novel by Eshkol Nevo starring Margherita Buy, Riccardo Scamarcio, Alba Rohrwacher, Adriano Giannini, Elena Lietti, Alessandro Sperduti, Denise Tantucci, Nanni Moretti, Anna Bonaiuto, Paolo Graziosi; Leonora addio by Paolo Taviani from the eponymous story by  Luigi Pirandello starring Matteo Pittiruti, Dania Marino, Fabrizio Ferracane, Simone Ciampi, Claudio Bigagli, Robert Steiner, Enrica Maria Modugno, Federico Tocci, Dora Becker; Il colibrì by Francesca Archibugi from Sandro Veronesi’s novel starring Pierfrancesco Favino, Kasia Smutniak, Nanni Moretti; Il sergente nella neve by Matteo adapted from Mario Rigoni Stern; Comedians by Gabriele Salvatores moving from theatre play by Trevor Griffiths starring Natalino Balasso, Christian De Sica, Vincenzo Zampa, Ale&Franz, Walter Leonardi, Giulio Pranno (Salvatores is also working on Il ritorno di Casanova from the eponymous novel by Arthur Schnitzler starring Toni Servillo, Sara Serraiocco, Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Natalino Balasso); Il volo by Pietro Marcello from Le vele scarlatte by Aleksandr Grin; L’uomo dal fiore in bocca by Gabriele Lavia adapted from Luigi Pirandello starring Gabriele Lavia, Michele Demaria, Rosa Palasciano.

The section 'Italian Chronicles' includes Stranizza d'amuri by Beppe Fiorello; Il buco by Michelangelo Frammartino; Ero in guerra ma non lo sapevo by Fabio Resinaro starring Francesco Montanari, Laura Chiatti, Gianluca Gobbi, Pier Giorgio Bellocchio; La conversione by Marco Bellocchio on the kidnapping of Jewish kid Edgardo Mortare, secretly baptized by a chambermaid; L’ombra del giorno by Giuseppe Piccioni starring Riccardo Scamarcio, Benedetta Porcaroli; Il signore delle formiche by Gianni Amelio starring Luigi Lo Cascio, Elio Germano, Sara Serraiocco.

Filed under genre cinema, the production roster includes La terra dei figli by Claudio Cupellini starring Leon de La Vallée, Paolo Pierobon, Maria Roveran, Fabrizio Ferracane, Valeria Golino, Franco Ravera, Pippo Delbono, Valerio Mastandrea; Delta by Michele Vannucci starring Alessandro Borghi, Luigi Lo Cascio; Mondocane starring Alessandro Celli con Alessandro Borghi, Dennis Protopapa, Giuliano Soprano, Barbara Ronchi, Josafat Vagni, Ludovica Nasti; the next two instalment of Diabolik.

Targeted to a bigger audience, Il sesso degli angeli by Leonardo Pieraccioni starring Sabrina Ferilli, Marcello Fonte and Pieraccioni himself; Una famiglia mostruosa by Volfango De Biasi starring Cristiano Caccamo, Emanuela Rei, Lucia Ocone, Massimo Ghini, Lillo Petrolo, Ilaria Spada, Paolo Calabresi, Barbara Bouchet, Pippo Franco; La donna per me by Marco Martani starring Andrea Arcangeli, Alessandra Mastronardi, Stefano Fresi; Bla bla baby by Faustro Brizzi starring Alessandro Preziosi, Matilde Gioli; Finché c'è crimine c'è speranza by Massimiliano Bruno starring Marco Giallini, Gianmarco Tognazzi, Giampaolo Morelli, Carolina Crescentini, Massimiliano Bruno, Giulia Bevilacqua.

The ‘Sentimental Eduction’ section includes coming-of-age stories such as Il bambino nascosto by Roberto Andrò starring Silvio Orlando, Giuseppe Pirozzi, Lino Musella, Francesco Di Leva, Roberto Herlitzka; Il paradiso del pavone by Laura Bispuri starring Dominique Sanda, Alba Rohrwacher, Maya Sansa, Carlo Cerciello, Fabrizio Ferracane, Leonardo Lidi, Tihana Lazović, Yile Vianello, Ludovica Alvazzi Del Frate, Carolina Michelangeli, Maddalena Crippa; Marcel! by Jasmine Trinca starring Alba Rohrwacher; Sulla giostra by Giorgia Cecere starring Claudia Gerini, Lucia Sardo, Alessio Vassallo, Paolo Sassanelli; A Chiara by Jonas Carpignano.

Films about sentiments: Il materiale emotivo by Sergio Castellitto starring Castellitto, Bérénice Bejo and Matilda De Angelis; Per tutta la vita by Paolo Costella starring Ambra Angiolini, Claudia Gerini, Fabio Volo, Luca Bizzarri, Paolo Kessisoglu, Claudia Pandolfi, Carolina Crescentini, Filippo Nigro; Ariaferma by Leonardo Di Costanzo starring Toni Servillo, Silvio Orlando, Fabrizio Ferracane; Marilyn ha gli occhi neri by Simone Godano starring Stefano Accorsi, Miriam Leone; Te l'avevo detto by Ginevra Elkann.

The roster also includes borderless story set outside of Italy: Lubo by Giorgio Diritti; Roll by Loris Lai starringTom Rhys Harries, Lyna Khoudri; I profeti by Alessio Cremonini starring Jasmine Trinca and Isabella Nefar. 

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