Ivano De Matteo returns to the set with I nostri ragazzi
by Vittoria Scarpa
- New film by the man behind Gli equilibristi is loosely inspired by the book "The Dinner" by Herman Koch. Shooting to start on October 7 in Rome, produced by Rodeo Drive
A homicide, the future of two adolescents and an unresolvable moral dilemma. After telling the desperation of a father separated from his family who ends up sleeping in his car in Gli equilibristi [+see also:
film profile] (in the Horizons section in Venice in 2012), Ivano De Matteo (photo) is returning to the set on October 7 with a film based on middleclass families and their contradictions. I nostri ragazzi has been loosely inspired by Herman Koch’s novel “The Dinner.”
Two brothers (Alessandro Gassman and Luigi Lo Cascio), as opposed in character as they are in life choices: one lawyer and one paediatrician. Their wives (Barbora Bobulova and Giovanna Mezzogiorno) despise each other, but meet once a month in a luxurious restaurant in order to respect a tradition. They speak of nothing: recipes, the latest French film, the fruity aroma of a white wine, the most recent corrupt politician. Until one night, security cameras record a tragic piece of bravado by their respective sons (Rosabell Laurenti Sellers, already in Gli equilibristi, and Jacopo Olmo Antinori, revelation in Io e te [+see also:
film profile] by Bertolucci). The balance between both very different families collapses. How will these two men and their families manage to confront a homicide that involves them so profoundly?
The screenplay is written by De Matteo with Valentina Ferlan, her faithful collaborator. “I do not judge the boys, what I am interested in is telling the deflagration of such an event within the homes of two families.” The director explained. “Do you denounce your own sons or do you cover for them? An ethical and judicial question, a provocation from which nobody can feel excluded, whatever the place or social milieu.”
Produced by Marco Poccioni and Marco Valsania for Rodeo Drive, with economic contribution from the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities which recognised it as a culturally relevant film. The film will be entirely shot in Rome over the course of six weeks.
(Translated from Italian)
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