Shooting commences on Niccolò Castelli's Atlas
by Muriel Del Don
- The young Ticino-born director prepares to shoot his new film following the success of his first feature Tutti giù
Produced by the Swiss outfit Imagofilm (run by Villi Hermann) in collaboration (co-production) with the Belgian company Climax Films and RSI Swiss Radio and Television, Atlas, the second film by Niccolò Castelli – following the success of his first feature Tutti giù [+see also:
film profile] (world premiere in the filmmakers of the present section at Locarno Film Festival in 2012) – talks about revenge and redemption. The film received support from the Federal Office of Culture and the Canton of Ticino and will be distributed by the Zurich outfit Xenix.
Atlas follows the story of Allegra, a young woman who just wants to live in the present. Born in Switzerland, surrounded by a picture-perfect landscape, Allegra has three great friends with whom she shares a passion for the mountains. While out climbing, the quartet decides to challenge nature, going beyond their limits in the pursuit of new experiences. Their passion leads them to Morocco and the summit of Atlas.
The lightness of a life that seems to be written in the stars is abruptly interrupted by a tragic event: a bomb explosion in a café – a terrorist attack from which only Allegra comes out unscathed. Once back home, she meets Arad, a young Muslim refugee with whom she forms a love-hate relationship marked by the unforgettable memory of the violence suffered. The outcome will be unexpected, and revenge will give way to unexpected redemption.
The film stars the young Swiss and Italian actors Matilda de Angelis (Nastro d’Argento and Biraghi awards for best performance for Italian Race [+see also:
interview: Matilda De Angelis
interview: Matteo Rovere
film profile] by Matteo Rovere), Nicola Perot (in two successful Swiss films: Blue My Mind [+see also:
interview: Lisa Brühlmann
interview: Luna Wedler
film profile] by Lisa Brühlmann and Amateur Teens [+see also:
film profile] by Niklaus Hilber ), Irene Casagrande, Helmi Dridi, Kevin Blaser, Anna Manuelli, Angelo Bison and Anna Ferruzzo.
Atlas will be filmed in Switzerland and Morocco. Shooting will start on 28 October.
(Translated from Italian)
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