From September 29 in Italian cinemas with Vision Distribution Drought, the new film by director Paolo Virzì (Human Capital) which will be screened out of competition at the 79th Venice Film Festival. The film with Silvio Orlando, Valerio Mastandrea and Monica Bellucci tells of a Rome in the grip of a long drought that ends up upsetting its rules and habits.
Plot and Cast
The official plot: It hasn’t rained in Rome for three years and the lack of water is changing rules and habits. In the city that is dying of thirst and prohibitions, a chorus of characters stirs, young and old, marginalized and prosperous, victims and profiteers. Their lives are linked in one purpose, each seeking their own redemption.
“Drought” is performed by Monica Bellucci, Emanuela Fanelli, Elena Lietti, Vinicio Marchioni, Valerio Mastandrea, Gabriel Montesi, Silvio Orlando, Claudia Pandolfi, Tommaso Ragno, Diego Ribon, Sara Serraiocco, Max Tortora.
Drought – trailers and videos
- Paolo Virzì directs “Siccità” from one of his scripts written with Francesca Archibugi, Paolo Giordano and Francesco Piccolo from a story by Paolo Giordano and Paolo Virzì.
- The team that supported director Paolo Virzì behind the scenes included director of photography Luca Bigazzi (La Grande Beauté), editor Jacopo Quadri (Notti Magiche), production designer Dimitri Capuani (Pinocchio di Garrone) and costume designer Ottavia Virzì (… Alice doesn’t know!).
- “Siccità” is produced by Mario Gianani and Lorenzo Gangarossa for Wildside, a Fremantle Group company, and Vision Distribution.
Drought – trailers and videos
When the streets of our cities were deserted and we were each locked in our own homes, connected to each other only by screens, it came naturally to us to look ahead, wondering what our lives would be like after. We started fantasizing about a film set in a few years, in a future not so far from the present. Imagining the stories to be made each proceeds independently, according to the technique of the choral film, which one discovers little by little that they are linked in a greater intertwining. A gallery of characters as innocent as they are guilty, a frightened, breathless humanity, afflicted by the aridity of relationships, sick with vanity, mythomania, anger, which crosses a city with a glorious past like Rome, which collapses and “dies of thirst”. and sleep “. [Paolo Virzì]
Paolo Virzì – Biographical notes
Screenwriter, director and producer, considered the main heir and innovator of Italian comedy, his works have received important awards in Italy (among others, 7 David di Donatello and 8 Nastri d’Argento) and in major international festivals. He was in competition at the 54th Venice Film Festival with Ovosodo, winning the Special Grand Jury Prize. Twice he was named “Best European Director” in the shortlist of the European Film Academy. Her latest films are “La Pazza Gioia”, presented at Cannes in the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, “Ella & John” (The Leisure Seeker) with Donald Sutherland and Helen Mirren, presented in competition at the 74th Venice Film Festival and distributed in more than 90 countries and “Notti Magiche” with Giancarlo Giannini and Ornella Muti which Virzì described as “an act of love, and perhaps gratitude, towards what was probably the cultural phenomenon of greatest international importance in contemporary Italy , namely our cinema”.
- The original music for the film was composed, orchestrated and conducted by Francois Piersanti (photo above) and performed by the Roma Film Orchestra. Piersanti’s credits include music by The child thief, the caiman, My brother is an only child, story of a massacre, Tiny moments of happiness And Inspector Montalbano.
- “‘Siccità’ is my second collaboration with Paolo Virzì – said Franco Piersanti – If in ‘All life ahead’ of 2008 the musical register alternated melancholy, grotesque dissolved in a vague visionary, in ‘Diccità’ the sound becomes sour as much as if he were a victim of phonic dehydration, and everything seems to scream and deteriorate. It is only thanks to the ‘Rain’, which closes the story of both images and music, that feelings flow back, bringing together the many wandering and desiccated souls of this film so vibrant with our present time”.
- The soundtrack of “Drought”, published by Edizioni Curci and available digitally from September 30, comes from the victory of the Soundtrack Stars Award 2022 (prize which awards the best soundtrack among the films presented at the Venice International Film Festival di Venezia), a choice that gives music an important role by making it the protagonist within a choral cast.
- The play “Pioggia” was directed by Maestro Alessandro Molinari
- The film’s soundtrack also includes a piece of Mine“You burst into my heart” (edited by Edizioni Curci), specially chosen by the director Paolo Virzì himself, particularly attached to the song.
LIST OF TRACKS:
1. Rain Trio Version
3. The poetics of the dry
5. Canto Fermo
10. Step by step
11. Mythological Tiber
Photos and posters
Photo: Greta de Lazzaris