Vast cinema background meets state-of-the-art 3D technology to create the perfect match.
What kind of film would combine the pace of “Sixth Sense” with an anxiety-ridden household mood like that of Nicole Kidman’s “The Others”, and set them amidst metaphysical skies and rationalist architecture in a city past and present, previously known as Littoria and later renamed Latina?
If Highsmith-style psychological introspection (ever seen Mr. Ripley?) was given a touch of Cronenberg and a thick, obsessive coating of Polanski, what kind of movie would we be watching?
The answer is simple: Fairytale.
Fairytale is the first Italian supernatural-thriller movie, produced by Onemore Pictures and RAI Cinema, directed by Ascanio Malgarini and Christian Bisceglia.
A movie shot entirely in Latina and with 100% Italian special digital effects that will make many people change their minds about Italian cinema not being able to make use of sophisticated technology. A movie that will be shot in four weeks and then reworked using computer graphics for another six months.
Six months to give fear a perfection that will take your breath away.
What Manuela Cacciamani, the young, enlightened producer of the movie, has realized is that the great tradition of the Italian cinema should be pursued, but at the same time renewed. Manuela jokes when she says “it’s a fairytale that I will never tell my own child” and believes that perfect screenplay, like Cristian Bisceglia’s, is essential, but so are the latest film techniques, which are in turn not incompatible with art films, but are a new expressive resource at the service of cinematographic language. In our case, the people who guarantee such techniques are the well known artist of visual digital effects Ascanio Malgarini and the twice winner of the David Donatello award, Nicola Sganga, who is the Vfx SuperVisor of the movie.
It’s not by chance that Bertolucci has also long praised the new digital technologies, and has often thought of using them and that Rai Cinema believed in the project, as did a great figure in Italian cinema, Giuliano Montaldo, who has decided to join the cast of Fairytale, which is well suited to his eclectic nature and genius a director, actor and scriptwriter, winner of numerous awards and appreciated throughout the world. Do you remember, Marco Polo and Sacco and Vanzetti?
A sign that tradition can welcome the new with enthusiasm. And sees in this first work by Onemore Pictures an essential starting point for the Italian cinema in the supernatural-thriller category, which has so far been a prerogative of foreigner film-makers.
If you thought you would never experience fear again watching a movie after the age of thirteen, Fairytale will find it within you.
There is a fairy tale. It’s about a mysterious woman: we don’t know whether she’s an angel or a witch. There is a girl, Helena, charmed by the arrival of the “Fairy of the teeth” and her mother Sophie, played by the statuesque Harriet Mac Masters Green, who stands powerless before the transformation of an innocent children’s tale into a nightmare coming from afar.
It does not descend into a splatter film, but rather slides along the sharp blade of psychological fiction.
And then there is Latina, the town where Helena and Sophia have moved to. Its austerity, the silence of its marbles, its clear-cut, cruel shadows.
Shooting began on November the 2nd to make Latina an Italian Chicago, with eyes on the international market.
Onemore Pictures is ready, as is also the provincial administration of Latina, which has believed in this project from the beginning, and Gennaro Coppola, the sole director of the company.
From November the 2nd fear inhabits the streets of the former Littoria.
And what about you? Are you ready for this first plunge into the supernatural?
You’ll have to hold your breath and wait for 2012. But it’s worth it.
The international distributor will be Rai Trade.