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The first clapperboard has slammed on Renzo Carbonera’s Takeaway

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- The director is shooting his second film, an Italian-German co-production on the subject of doping, starring Libero De Rienzo, Carlotta Antonelli and Primo Reggiani

The first clapperboard has slammed on Renzo Carbonera’s Takeaway
Primo Reggiani on the set of Takeaway

Filming has kicked off atop Monte Terminillo (in the Italian Lazio region) on Takeaway, the second fiction feature film offered up by the 41-year-old documentary-maker from Friuli Renzo Carbonera (Resina [+see also:
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). A co-production between Italy and Germany, the film will explore the subject of doping and will star Libero De Rienzo (Santa Maradona, Fortapàsc [+see also:
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, I Can Quit Whenever I Want [+see also:
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, and recently seen in Fortuna – The Girl and the Giants [+see also:
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), Carlotta Antonelli (Bangla [+see also:
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, Suburra) and Primo Reggiani (Kiss Me Again [+see also:
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, Universitari - Molto più che amici [+see also:
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and recently gracing the series La vita promessa), with appearances also coming courtesy of Paolo Calabresi and Anna Ferruzzo.

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The screenplay was penned by Renzo Carbonera himself and revolves around Maria (Antonelli), a racewalking athlete who is the pride and joy of her father (Calabresi). He would like to see his daughter fulfil her dreams of success, though her mum (Ferruzzo) is more sceptical. But Maria’s friend Johnny (De Rienzo), who is almost double her age, knows exactly how to keep her and her parents’ dream alive. It’s the reason why Johnny keeps a fridge packed full of vials, having helped many other young athletes gain access to illegal substances back when he worked as a fitness coach.

'Tom' (Reggiani) is one of these young people, and is on the hunt for Johnny, holding him responsible for the destructive effect which doping has had on his health and his career. But Tom’s plans for revenge fall apart when he and Maria enter into a relationship and her doubts grow like an uncontainable fever. A reckoning is inevitable in such close quarters, as it is in the outside world, which is rocked by debts and bankruptcy, and by an increasingly desperate need for new hope.

Takeaway is produced by Alfredo Federico and Simona Banchi on behalf of 39 Films and Interzone Pictures, in association with Laser Digital Film, in collaboration with RAI Cinema and with the support of the Italian Ministry for Culture’s Department for Film and Audiovisual Works, the Lazio Region’s International Film Fund (Fondo Lazio Cinema International) and the Trentino Film Commission.

For the record, 39 Films are also currently helming production on Ferdinando Vicentini Orgnani’s documentary The Last Beat, revolving around American poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, as well as on Filippo Conz’s first work Conversations with Other Women (an Italian remake of the US film Conversations with Other Women, directed by Hans Canosa). The firm are also developing a documentary in league with Kosovo, Home Is Where the Films Are, directed by More Raça.

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(Translated from Italian)

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