After Short Skin
- screened in Venice in 2014, in Berlin in 2015, nominated for 2 Silver Ribbons, and winner of the Golden Ciak for Best Debut Feature - filming commences on Duccio Chiarini
's sophomore feature The Guest
. Shooting are taking place in Rome untile December 15 based on a screenplay by Chiarini, Roan Johnson, Davide Lantieri, and Marco Pettenello. The film stars Daniele Parisi, Silvia D'Amico, Anna Bellato, and Thony.
narrates the end of a love story between 38-year-old Guido and 33-year-old Chiara. Facing the decision on whether having a child, they eventually opt for parting ways. The film follows the steps of their separation through the eyes of Guido, who decides to leave the house where they live together and ask friends for hospitality on their couches. This is how his strange journey begins, one that takes him to become a witness of others' lives from a new point of view: that of the guest. Lost and full of existential questions, Guido starts to notice unexpected details that characterize the intimate life and relationships his friends.
The film is an Italian-Swiss-French coproduction, produced by Tommaso Arrighi and co-produced by Michela Pini, Vincent Wang, and Fred Bellaiche. A Mood Film production with Rai Cinema, in coproduction with Cinédokké and RSI for Switzerland, and House on Fire for France, and in association with Relief. The film is supported by Lazio Cinema International, MIBACT Cinema Office, Eurimages, UFC - Culture Federal Office, Bilateral Fund MIBACT-CNC for the development of Italo-Franch coproductions, Torino Film Lab. International sales are handled by Urban Distribution International.
The screeplay was a finalist in the Solinas Award. The project has been developed at Cannes Cinefondation and Torino Film Lab Framework, and was selected at Berlinale Coproduction Market, Locarno Alliance for Development, and Venice Gap Financing Market. Baris Ozbicer is in charge of the film's cinematography, Laura Boni of the art direction, costumes are curated by Kay Daventhey Giovannoni, direct sound by Jurg Lempen, editing by Roberto Di Tanna, executive production by Francesca Zanza. Songwriter Brunori Sas will write an original song for the film soundtrack, and will appear in a cameo too.