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Principal photography wraps for Io c'è by Alessandro Aronadio

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- The new film by the director of Ears is now in post-production; the cast includes Edoardo Leo, Margherita Buy and Giuseppe Battiston

Principal photography wraps for Io c'è by Alessandro Aronadio
(l-r) Giuseppe Battiston, Margherita Buy and Edoardo Leo in Io c'è (© Anna Camerlingo)

Monday 4 December saw the end of the six-week shoot for Io c'è [+see also:
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, the new film by Alessandro Aronadio, which was shot in Rome. The third feature by the 42-year-old director, following One Life Maybe Two [+see also:
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(2010, Nastro d'argento Award for Best Supporting Actress, for Isabella Ragonese) and Ears [+see also:
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(2016, Young Cinema Award for Best Italian Film and NuovoImaie Talent Award for Best New Actor for Daniele Parisi at the Venice Film Festival), is being produced by Fulvio and Federica Lucisano for Italian International Film, with Vision Distribution. The cast includes Edoardo Leo (currently gracing screens in the third and final chapter of the hit saga I Can Quit Whenever I Want 3: Ad Honorem [+see also:
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), Margherita Buy (seen this year in Piccoli crimini coniugali [+see also:
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) and Giuseppe Battiston (popular at the most recent Cannes Film Festival in After the War [+see also:
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interview: Annarita Zambrano
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]
).

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The lead character in the film, written by Alessandro Aronadio, Valerio Cilio, Edoardo Leo and Renato Sannio, is Massimo Alberti (played by Leo), who owns “Miracolo Italiano” (“Italian Miracle”), a bed and breakfast that used to be the height of luxury but has now been reduced to a run-down apartment block. The crisis that has brought businesses to their knees seems not to have affected their neighbours opposite, a convent run by nuns that is always full of tourists and whose charitable and devout sisters offer a safe haven in exchange for a voluntary, strictly tax-free, donation. And herein lies the inspiration that Massimo has been seeking: if he is to survive, he must transform the “Miracolo Italiano” into a place of worship. But in order to do so, he must first found his own religion. And so he creates “Ionismo”, the first faith that places “I”, instead of God, at the centre of the universe. Accompanying Massimo on his mission to be absolved of taxes and duties are Sister Adriana (Buy), a narrow-minded accountant, and Marco (Battiston), an author with zero readers, who is the perfect ideologist for a new creed.

The Italian theatrical release of Io c'è is scheduled for 29 March 2018 with Vision Distribution.

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