Filming wrapped up last week in Rome on the debut feature by Carlo Sironi, starring the Polish
actress Sandra Drzymalska and Claudio Segaluscio, in his first acting role. The
cast also stars Barbara Ronchi, Bruno Buzzi, Marco Felli and Vitaliano
Trevisan, with an additional appearance from Orietta Notari. Filming lasted six
weeks and took place in Rome and Nettuno.
Ermanno spends his days at the slot machines, waiting for a change. One
day, Lena turns up in Italy, wanting to sell her baby and start a new life. The
two of them pretend to be a couple in order to allow Ermanno's uncle and his
wife, who cannot have children, to get custody of the child quickly, via the
relatives adoption route. Sole, however, is premature, and needs to be
breastfed, and although Lena tries to reject her link with her daughter,
Ermanno begins to take care of her as if she were his own...
Sole was written by Carlo Sironi – director of the short films Valparaiso, awarded at Locarno, Cargo, in competition at Venice Film
Festival and nominated for a David di Donatello award, and Sofia, in competition at Turin Film Festival – together with Giulia
Moriggi and Antonio Manca. The Hungarian Gergely Poharnok has joined the
project as the director of photography, while the film’s costume design has
been entrusted to Olivia Bellini, and set design to Ilaria Sadun.
The film is a co-production between Italy and Poland, produced by Kino
Produzioni and Lava Films, in collaboration with RAI Cinema. The film has
received support from MiBAC, Eurimages, Lazio Cinema International and the
Polish Film Institute, as well as a development fund from IDM Südtirol - Alto
Adige Film Fund & Commission. International sales are being handled by the
French company Luxbox.
During its development phase, Sole
was selected for some of the most important initiatives promoted by national
and international festivals, such as the Résidence de la Cinéfondation at
Cannes, the Script Station at the Berlinale, the Sundance Mediterranean Lab and
the TorinoFilmLab, where it won the Production Award last year.