The stories of a homeless Romanian beggar operating in the center of Milan intersect with the graphological analyses of my mother, a lady in her eighties who is living nearby: two opposite lives whose viewpoints sometimes diverge and sometimes coincide, until leading to a journey to Romania
Two different lives coexist in the center of Milan, only a stone's throw away from one another: that of the homeless Mihai, age 30, a beggar operating at the corner of Piazza della Scala, and that of a lady in her eighties - my mother - who can't leave her house and tries to understand others by analyzing their handwriting. Two opposite worlds that confront one another on all manner of topics, ranging from the awful childhood that Mihai had had to endure in an orphanage in Romania, a country he has canceled from his mind, to appraisals of the politicians governing Italy - whose handwriting the elderly lady analyzes - and about whom our homeless friend has precise opinions. Between Mihai who recounts his life on the street and my mother who's happy when surrounded by flowers, there is an alternation of viewpoints, sometimes in contrast and sometimes in harmony, until with Mihai and Ela, his Albanian sweetheart, we set off on a journey to Romania in search of Mihai's past and identity.
During the Coronavirus pandemic, I kept close to my 86 year old house-ridden mother who in the meantime had attained a degree in graphology, a passion that keeps her mind lively. The idea of confronting my mother's graphological analyses with the opinions of a homeless, came to me after meeting Mihai, who spends his days reading the books of Valerio Massimo Manfredi. I represent the common thread between these two lives for I am the one who brings handwriting samples of famous people to be analyzed by my mother and then discuss the outcomes with Mihai, who, along with talking to me about his past in Romania, describes what it's like to live on the street and provides his viewpoints on the Italian political situation along with delving into his literary passions. Then one day, urged on by my mother's analyses, I offered Mihai a trip to Romania together with Ela, his Albanian fiancée - a journey to acquaint ourselves with his country and in which he could come to terms with his past.
SUBJECT: PEPI ROMAGNOLI
DIRECTOR: PEPI ROMAGNOLI
PRODUCTION: MICHELANGELO FILM
INTEREST OF CO-PRODUCERS: Romania
GENRE: human interest, portrait, travel
PROJECT’S DEVELOPMENT: PRE- PRODUCTION ( 4,30 hours of interviews shooted in Milan)
“Ink in China” is a journey-reportage into China's art world that compares the different modes of artistic expression with regards to India Ink: on the one hand China with her millennia old calligraphic traditions and on the other, the West and its more figurative manners of expression.
The documentary film starts in Milan where Jean Blanchaert, eclectic artist as well as gallery manager, describes his rapport with India ink to us: where and how he was inspired to work with India ink; what it means to draw with a mark that cannot be canceled: Jean has published three books in which he has drawn portraits with India ink. Eager to approach India Ink art in China, (where despite the name it was invented), Jean, along with a reduced crew, encounters one of China's most famous Calligraphy Masters, Wang Dondling, who invites him to his studio. Wang speaks to Jean about the act of writing as an expression of the relationship between art and the body, whereupon he illustrates the use of the brush and the movements of his fingertips, wrists, arms and entire body - defining his work as "abstract ink art." His works are deeply rooted in the ancient philosophies of Buddhism and Taoism, as well as in Chinese poetry. By combining poetry and painting, Wang creates works in the course of performances in which he renders the texts of ancient Chinese verses into gestural interpretations. The exchange between the twosome gives rise to the possibility of hosting an exhibition of the Master in Italy. Jean however doesn't find all the answers to the many questions he has brought along with him from Italy: perhaps only at the end of the journey, that pays visits to Hangzhou and Shanghai, after meeting with a host of different contemporary artists will his curiosity be fully satisfied...
In the West ink marks seem to have been lost: from digital signatures to the disappearance of lithographic printing presses, they have vanished from comics as well as from the simple pleasure of writing a short notes on greeting cards. Nowadays there is almost embarrassment when confronted with a hand-written letter. Not only has ink disappeared but so too have even the "marks," the identities connected to the signs of our alphabets. At this juncture, how, for example, have methods changed in teaching children to write? To answer this and other questions, the documentary looks for answers in China with her millennia old calligraphic traditions.
SUBJECT: PEPI ROMAGNOLI
DIRECTOR: PEPI ROMAGNOLI
CO-PRODUCTION: MICHELANGELO FILM (ITALY)
GENRE: ART REPORTAGE
STAGE: DEVELOPMENT (treatment)
DELIVERY DATE: SEPTEMBER 2022
LENGHT: 90’/ 52’
KEY TALENTS: From Italy: Jean Blanchaert-Valentina Cheng- From China: Wang Dongling – Wang Zoujun - Lin HaiHong, Han Lu
ESTIMATED BUDGET: 230.000 euro
MERRY GO ROUND
Youths hailing from different worlds and cultures find their integration in Italy through theater work, acting “Girotondo" (La Ronde) by Arthur Schnitzler.
Yoon, Barbara and Ivan are three of the protagonists of the integration stories. Their lives interweave with those of other youths hailing from various parts of the world. They are all actors who have found their integration into Italy making a living with their chosen profession: acting. Each of them has a story to tell. We follow them through the arc of a day and discover who they are and what their rapport is with Italy, as well as with the country they had left.
The scenes of their daily routines alternate with those of other youths who like them have arrived in Italy and who also like them, recite in Italian. All take part in the staging of “Girotondo" (La Ronde) by Arthur Schnitzler.
The idea of this documentary film born from the belief that acting breaks down the barriers of communication, and the project tells a story of integration thought the staging of a theatre’s text.
“Vite oltre il confine" (Lives beyond the border) is a project near to the CINEMA OF REAL rather than near to a classical documentary. It is ideally suited for co-production inasmuch as proposing the insertions of stories and issues connected to actors hailing from different countries, as well as shooting in their origin’s countries.
The story is framed along three levels: the level of reality in which we record the protagonists in their daily lives and in the interviews; the level of fiction which is that of the film adaptation of “Girotondo" (La Ronde); and the level of the show rehearsals that catches them in their instinctive confrontation of opinions and personalities.
MERRY GO ROUND
SUBJECT: Pepi Romagnoli
SCREENPLAY: Pepi Romagnoli
DIRECTOR: Pepi Romagnoli
INTEREST OF CO-PRODUCERS: Slovenia, Croazia, Serbia
PRINCIPAL LOCATION: Milan
LENTH: 84/52 Minuts
PROJECT’S DEVELOPMENT: Screenplay (first draft with the three actors confirmed).
ACTORS CONFIRMED: Yoon C.Joice, Ivan Senin, Barbara Clara,
Vladimir Aleksic (Serbia) interest
BUDGET: 100.000 EURO
Y O O N C. JOYCE
Strasberg Improvisation Voice Susan Strasberg New York C.T.A
Accademia d’Arte Drammatica Improvisation Voice Italian Diction Nicoletta Ramorino Milan
Laboratorio Professione Cinema Acting for the Camera Giulio Scarpati Rome
Teatro di strada su Trampoli T.A.P
Studio Acting on Stilts Acting technique Voice English American Benedetta Brunotti Gregory Bach Milan New York
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“Freddo” Kalle Adriana Martino Libero – Milan India – Rome “Un Mandarino Per Teo” Mandarin Gino Landi Sistina - Rome “La Vita è Snella” Bruce Lì Sergio Cosentino Olimpico - Rome “Tres Bien” Chang Constantine Aurdenné Glamour - Algérie “One Life Needing you” “Off to the races” Mr. Liu Sam Sara Annerini Tommy Arold LIFE – Al JuBail Keystone Theatre – New York
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Born in Venezuela
SPEAKS: SPANISH AND ITALIAN (bilingual) ENGLISH PORTUGUESE DIALETTO FRIULANO
ARTISTIC EDUCATION "STUDIO CINEMA" WITH Michele Placido (Rome) WORKSHOP WITH Stefania De Santis (Rimini)
RECITATION COURSE WITH Raul Manso (Milan)
RECORDING AND IMPROVISATION WORKSHOP WITH Beatrice Braco (Rome)
RECORDING COURSE AT THE "CAMPO TEATRALE" (Milan)
SINGING AT "NAM" (Milan)
RECYCLING COURSE "ESCUELA DE ARTES RAPRESENTATIVAS" (Caracas / Vanezuela)
FACULTY OF COMMUNICATION SCIENCES "UNIVERSIDAD SANTA MARIA (Puerto la Cruz / Venezuela)
NON E’ UN PAESE PER GIOVANI regia di Giovanni Veronesi - 2016 UN’INSOLITA VENDEMMIA regia di D. Carnacina - 2012 FICTION MATRIMONIO E ALTRE FOLLIE SERIE TV - 2016 MARIO2 DI MACCIO CAPATONDA - 2014 IN CASO D’AMORE Pepito Produzioni CENTO VETRINE 2010 - 2014
TRASMISSIONI TV SUGO (inviata) - 2010
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 2008 - 2009 MATCH MUSIC (conduttrice) 2004 - 2006 RAIUNO SPOT (conduttrice) 2000 - 2001 TEATRO LA SCALA regia di Michele la Ginestra (in preparazione) 2017 CAMBIOSTAGIONE regia di Pietro Genuardi - 2015
EDUCATION: ACADEMY OF THE SMALL THEATER OF MILAN (2008-11)
THEATER ACADEMY CITY OF TRIESTE (2006-08), DIPLOMA DI MATURITÀ CLASSICA (2001-06)
LANGUAGES: RUSSIAN (MADRELINGUA), ITALIAN (EXCELLENT), ENGLISH (FLUENTE)
SKILL: SINGING, DANCE, MIMO
ITALIANS DO IT BETTER (CORTO, 2018 ) CAPRI BATTERIE(2017) DI MARIO MARTONE LA MADELEINE E LO STRANIERO (CORTO, 2017) FIELDS OF MIRACLES (CORTO, 2017) FESTIVAL (CORTO IN 48 ORE, 2017) IL COMPLOTTISTA (CORTO, 2017)
ANEDOTTI (una serie di corti) NOTTETEMPO (CORTO, 2012) MISSIONE DI PACE (2011) FILM CORTO-NOIR (2011) TRE SE SHALOSH (2010) DIVERSO DA CHI? (2009)
LA VERITÀ fiction (2016) IL CONFINE Serie TV (2015) CENTOVETRINE (2014) GOMORRA (2013) MOKA (2013) AFFORDABLE ART FAIR (2013)
PIRATI (2013) PRELIBATESSEN (2012) A BLIND MAN’S MEAL (2012) LE CANNIBALE (2011) REBECCA, LA PRIMA MOGLIE (2008)
Freely inspired by true events, "Apatride" (Stateless) is the story of Jonas, a Stateless Lithuanian who had arrived in Milano during the collapse of the Soviet Union, and is forced to live without any identity papers. And it is in this Kafkaesque situation that Jonas manages to attain a degree from Bocconi University, while living at the Caritas shelter.
The film portrays the love story that unexpectedly blossoms between Jonas and Ginevra, a young and willful film maker who, armed with a handycam, decides to "immortalize" the mindboggling obstacles Jonas must face in his normal, day-to-day existence.
In the play of crisscrossing looks among perfect strangers in a metropolis, one rarely asks for the name of a person whose eyes have startled and made an impression. We might never know where he is from and where he is going, nor why at times he appears to be hiding, or what his routine existence is like... But as of a few days, Ginevra has followed up precisely on such curiosities. Over the span of a few days, she has filmed a boy, Jonas, with her video camera, several times - and always careful not to be noticed, she has gathered bits of information, and has come to the conclusion, right at the start of things, that he will be the one to take her far from where she lives, and will allow her to fulfill her ambitions…
DIRECTOR’ S NOTES
In the world there are 10 million people who do not have a homeland, or state-recognized citizenship and who do not own an ID. They live at the borders of society, lacking all basic rights. They are the "Apatride" (Stateless).
The project springs from a need to raise awareness about these people: who exactly they are and how they live as an army of "invisible" men and women. The film inserts the story in the context of the campaign: "I Belong," which the High Commission of the United Nations had launched to eradicate statelessness from the world, in 2014, the year in which the story of this film takes place.
Reflections and sentiments, the harmonies and clashes of two opposite universes such as the Capitalist West and ex-Soviet Socialism come to the fore through a love story which aims to delve deeper into the identity of both.
The film avails itself of various styles of lensing, which lend a particular rhythm to the story.
DIRECTOR: Pepi Romagnoli
CO-PRODUCTION: ITALY - LITHUANIA
FORMAT: FULL HD RES 1920x1080, FRAME 1:1,85
LENTH: 90/100 Minuts
SCREENPLAY: ANGELO CARBONE, PEPI ROMAGNOLI
LOCATIONS: MILAN, VILNIUS
LANGUAGE: ITALIAN, LITHUANIAN (ENGLISH SUBTITLES)
BUDGET: 810.000 EURO
ITALIAN DISTRIBUTION: OFFICINE UBU
LETTERS OF SUPPORT: UNHCR (France, Italy, Lithuania)
Screenplay – Tentative cast – Co-production agreement’s letter with Art Box, Lithuania – UNHCR support
IL COMPLEANNO DEGLI IMMORTALI (THE HAPPY BIRTHDAY IMMORTALS)
It is the story of a survivor who finds out he enjoys defying death, and he begins to believe he is immortal. To free himself of the guilty feeling of being a survivor, he involves perfect strangers in his defiance of death, these individuals soon find out they cannot live one without the other, and he convinces them to become murderers.
The story comes from the French novel: "Une courte éternité" by Philippe Balland.
It is a crime film, where humour and the sense of absurdity slowly drift into folly, as if one were clinging step by step to a growing collective obsession.
CO-PRODUCTION: Michelangelo film, Italy - CDP, Catherine Dussart – France
EXECUTIVE PRODUCTION: Michelangelo film e CDP, Catherine Dussart
DIRECTION: Pepi Romagnoli
SCREENPLAY: Antoine Lacomblez - Pepi Romagnoli
SET OF SHOOTING: Grenoble - Italy
LANGUAGE OF SHOOTING: French
FORMAT-LENTH: FULL HD - 100'
TIME OF SHOOTING: 6 Weeks
BUDGET: 2.000.000 Euro
SOURCE OF FINANCING: Michelangelo film (Italy)
LETTERS OF INTEREST: Films Distribution (France)
International co-production with the French Company CDP by Catherine Dussart.
Tentative cast with letters of interest