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GIFFONI FILM FESTIVAL 2019 - 19.27 July

GIFFONI50 - 18.29 AUGUST / 26-30 DECEMBER

Archivio Film 2019

WHO'S ROMEO

Category: Edition 2019

Synopsis
Southern outskirts of Milan. Gratosoglio, a muslim-majority neighbourhood. Four seventeen-year-old girls and two boys of the same age, Christian and Muslim, challenge themselves with Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, led by a young actress. Are Montagues and Capulets like Christians and Muslims? What is the meaning of falling in love with your enemy? And who is the enemy today? What is the meaning of speaking the truth, belonging to somebody, to a faith, to an ideal? How do Romeo and Juliet hold their hands today? How do they kiss? During each Act the kids will read, rehearse, discuss, meet. They will look around and into themselves, discovering each other as they discover the surrounding world. A journey to discover what Shakespeare is writing today. To make us understand these times, and ourselves.

Original Title WHO'S ROMEO
Category Official Competition
Section GEx Doc
Tipology Documentary, Feature Film
Duration 89'
Production Year 2018
Nationality Italy
Directed by Giovanni Covini
Screenplay Giovanni Covini, Valentina Malcotti
Editor Giuseppe Chiaramonte
Sound Emanuele Pullini
Music Alessandro Papaianni
Main cast Valentina Malcotti
Marilyn Adjalo
Valentina Bogdan
Leonardo Carralero
Assala Chahhoub
Jacopo Cremona
Laila Migdadi
Produced by Elisabetta Stocchi

 regista Giovanni CoviniGIOVANNI COVINI
Born in Milan in 1968, he graduated in film direction at the Paolo Grassi Drama School in Milan. After several experiences of filmmaking in contact with the realities of drug addiction and alcoholism, in 2005 he won the David di Donatello Award and in 2006 the Silver Ribbon for Best Short with the documentary "Un inguaribile amore". a documentary of 16’. In 2007, he shot the medium-length film "A tutto quello che si muove" and, in the same year, the medium-length film "Nella città che cambia". In 2009, he wrote the dramaturgy of "Atalanta's Travels" for the Teatro Gioco Vita in Piacenza, staged at the Piccolo Teatro in Milan, in Spain and France in different seasons. In 2012, he published Le ferite dell’Eroe, published by Dino Audino Editore, an educational text on character building and story structure. Since 2000 he has held workshops for various companies, using storytelling techniques in team building courses. He is acting coach for the training of actors attending auditions for national and international films; he is a story analyst and holds several workshops in Italy on narrative structures, character building and elements of film direction. In the two-year period 2017/2018 he shot the feature film "Who's Romeo".

Director's statement
"The idea of making WHO’S ROMEO was born on July 14th 2016, when in Nice a man driving a truck overwhelms the crowd walking on the Promenade des Anglais. The war between two civilizations had landed on a romantic waterfront, sowing death. Then, I felt the need to meet young people of both civilizations. Two civilizations were facing each other in a warlike manner, but they still remained expression of great cultures in themselves. Even Montecchi and Capuleti were two great families which entered the war. And even in that case the war overwhelmed the love of the two young people. The film is the story of this journey. […] At the end of the film we know that the walls between civilizations are always high, thick and well patrolled. But the walls are overtaken by Romeo’s love. Love knows nothing of the faults of the fathers, it wants to be here, now, with its wonderful ignorance of the past: a boy loves a girl. That’s all. It doesn’t matter if things sometimes go wrong - this can always happen in life - but we believe that anyone who skips a wall in the night for any kind of love, makes our world better".

 

production
festival contact
Centro Asteria
(Italy)
www.centroasteria.it