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BERLINALE 2020 EFM

RaiCom to sell Golden Bear candidate Hidden Away

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- The star attraction to be touted by RAI’s commercial arm at Berlin’s European Film Market is the Giorgio Diritti biopic on Ligabue, starring Elio Germano

RaiCom to sell Golden Bear candidate Hidden Away
Hidden Away by Giorgio Diritti

Hidden Away [+see also:
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, in Competition at the 70th Berlinale, is RaiCom’s star attraction at the European Film Market, which opens on 20 February. Directed by Giorgio Diritti, the film is is a biopic focusing on Antonio Ligabue, one of the biggest Italian painters of the 20th century, and is the fourth feature by the sixty-something Bologna-born director, who first revealed his talent in 2005 with The Wind Blows Round [+see also:
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. Stepping into the shoes of the rejected artist who suffered from rickets and a goitre is Elio Germano, clearly in pursuit of further acknowledgement of his exceptional acting skills. This isn’t the first time that Germano has played an important figure in Italian culture: in 2014 he took on the role of Giacomo Leopardi in the namesake film Leopardi [+see also:
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interview: Mario Martone
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, which won him the 2015 David di Donatello Award for Best Lead Actor, having previously scooped the Best Actor accolade at the Cannes Film Festival in 2010 for Our Life [+see also:
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. Joining Germano in the cast of Hidden Away are Pietro Traldi, Orietta Notari, Andrea Gherpelli, Oliver Johann Ewy (Ligabue as a teen) and Leonardo Carrozzo (Ligabue as a child). The film is produced by Palomar in collaboration with Rai Cinema and with the support of MiBACT and the Emilia Romagna Region, in association with Coop Alleanza 3.0, Demetra Formazione s.r.l. and Finregg s.p.a. The film will be distributed in Italian cinemas by 01 Distribution.

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Also featuring in the RaiCom line-up is Rose Stone Star [+see also:
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, Marcello Sannino’s debut work which took its first bow in the Voices section of the IFFR - International Film Festival Rotterdam. Unfolding in the outskirts of Naples, the film stars Ivana Lotito, Fabrizio Rongione and Ludovica Nasti, the little actress and revelation of the work My Brilliant Friend. Heading up production are Parallelo 41, Bronx Film, PFA Films and Rai Cinema, with the support of MiBACT and the Campania Region Film Commission.

Another novelty on the RaiCom film-slate is A Son Called Erasmus, a comedy which comes courtesy of Alberto Ferrari and stars the comic duo that is Luca Bizzarri and Paolo Kessisoglu, accompanied by Ricky Memphis, Daniele Liotti and Filipa Pinto. Four forty-something friends are called to Lisbon for the funeral of Amalia, the woman whom all four of them had loved as Erasmus students in Portugal. During their stay, they receive a piece of news which turns their lives upside-down. Amalia has left an unexpected legacy: a son conceived with one of them. But who is the father? The film is produced and distributed by Eagle Pictures.

Jostling amongst the other titles en route to the Berlin market with RaiCom and looking to attract the attention of international buyers is Volare [+see also:
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, Gabriele Salvatores’ work which was presented out of competition at last year’s Venice Film Festival, which won a Special Mention at the Bastia Italian Film Festival and which bagged itself audience awards from both the Ajaccio and the Madrid Italian Film Festival. Another biopic, which is still in postproduction, is The Bad Poet, Gianluca Jodic’s first work which sees Sergio Castellitto taking on the role of poet Gabriele D’Annunzio. Produced by Ascent Film, bathysphere and Rai Cinema, with the support of MiBACT and the Lazio Region.

Completing the RaiCom film-slate, we find Freaks Out, Gabriele Mainetti’s second work (read our article); If Only [+see also:
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, Ginevra Elkann’s debut work selected in 14 festivals; Ordinary Happiness [+see also:
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by Daniele Luchetti, which has also recently enjoyed a lengthy festival tour, and The Staggering Girl by Luca Guadagnino, presented in a premiere in May 2019 in the Directors’ Fortnight section of the Cannes Film Festival, and starring Alba Rohrwacher, Julianne Moore, KiKi Layne, Kyle MacLachlan, Marthe Keller and Mia Goth.

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(Translated from Italian)

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