Filming commences today for Paolo Virzì's new film, Notti magiche (lit. Magical Nights). Taking place in the summer of 1990, the film is set in Rome during the football world cup. Newcomers Mauro Lamantia, Giovanni Toscano and Irene Vetere play the roles of aspiring scriptwriters.
Secondary roles include a number of well-known Italian actors:  Giancarlo Giannini, Roberto Herlitzka, Paolo Bonacelli, Ornella Muti, Marina Rocco, Andrea Roncato, Giulio Scarpati, Emanuele Salce, Giulio Berruti, Ludovica Modugno, Ferruccio Soleri, Simona Marchini, and many more.
The script is penned by the director himself with Francesca Archibugi and Francesco Piccolo.

As for the story, Virzì says: "It's a comedy but also a film noir: a famous film producer is found dead in the Tevere river and the main suspects are three young aspiring scriptwriters. During a night at the police station, the protagonists live a passionate, sentimental and ironic journey through the splendors and miseries of the last glorious season of Italian cinema."

The film is produced by Marco Belardi for Lotus Production, a company of the Leone Film Group, with Rai Cinema. It'll be released theatrically in Italy in 2018 thanks to 01 Distribution.

Virzì' latest film, Ella & John - The Leisure Seeker starring Helen Mirren and Donal Sutherland, had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival and will hit the big screens on 18 January 2018, day-and-date with the US and the rest of the world.