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Ponti creates a sophisticated commedia all’italiana

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A sophisticated commedia all’italiana. Is this the rise of a new genre? According to Marco Ponti, yes. The director of Santa Maradona returns behind the camera eight years after A/R Andata e ritorno, with, he says, “a spaghetti romantic comedy atypical to Italian cinema, and closer to When Harry Met Sally and Hugh Grant films”. The working title is Ti amo troppo per dirtelo (“I Love You Too Much to Tell You”).

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Shooting ended this week in Rome, in the Prada store of Via Condotti, though the film is set mostly in Turin (with even a cameo by the city’s mayor, Sergio Chiamparino). In the story, divorce lawyer Pietro (Francesco Scianna) and scientist Francesca (Jasmine Trinca) are a step away from the altar when Stella (Carolina Crescentini), an actress, steals the heart of the groom-to-be. Pietro tries to keep both fires burning but ends up getting burned himself and must try to win back his true love, who is dead set on getting revenge.

Betrayal and vendettas aren’t exactly new ideas but her are treated with a light touch, says Trinca, maintaining “a tone that wants to allow audiences to dream and hope”. A fairy tale then? Perhaps, but one that “capture’s today’s world with a fresh eye and without rhetoric”, says Pietro Valsecchi, who wrote the film story and also produces, through his company Taodue.

Ti amo troppo per dirtelo is set for an Easter release through Medusa Film.

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(Translated from Italian)

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