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Chiara Bellosi begins principal photography for Palazzo di Giustizia

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- The drama film by the first-time director, who has been on set in Turin since Monday, is being produced by tempesta and depicts a day in a civil justice case in a big Italian court

Chiara Bellosi begins principal photography for Palazzo di Giustizia
Director Chiara Bellosi, actress Daphne Scoccia and more members of the cast and crew of Palazzo di Giustizia on set (© tempesta)

tempesta, the production outfit that has brought all of Alice Rohrwacher’s films to fruition, including Happy as Lazzaro [+see also:
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(Best Screenplay Award at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival), is investing in a new name: Chiara Bellosi. The first-time director has been on set in Turin since Monday 4 March, for the five-week shoot for a drama film called Palazzo di Giustizia (lit. “Court of Law”). The cast includes non-professional actors Bianca Leonardi and Sarah Short, who are flanked by Daphne Scoccia (the lead in Fiore [+see also:
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by Claudio Giovannesi), Andrea Lattanzi, Nicola Rignanese and Giovanni Anzaldo.

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The movie hinges on a day in a civil justice case in a big Italian court. At the centre of the case is a hearing: in the dock are a young robber and a petrol pump attendant who reacted after the hold-up, opening fire and killing the former's very young accomplice. We see the whole ritual, gowns and all, and we hear the jargon. But we also (or perhaps especially?) see the things outside: the corridors, the offices, the daily comings and goings at the court, the noise, the chaos. Meanwhile, the families, children and wives of the accused, and those of the victims, wait outside.

Written by the director herself, Palazzo di Giustizia boasts cinematography by Maurizio Calvesi and will be edited by Stefano Cravero. The production design has been entrusted to Giuliano Pannuti and the wardrobe design to Loredana Buscemi. Carlo Cresto-Dina’s company is producing together with Rai Cinema, in co-production with Swiss outfit Cinedokké, with support from MiBAC – General Directorate for Cinema, the POR FESR Piemonte 2014-2020 - Azione III.3c.1.2 - bando "Piemonte Film TV Fund" and the Torino Piemonte Film Commission. The distribution will be handled by Istituto Luce Cinecittà.

Besides new titles for the big screen, tempesta is also developing various TV series projects, while tempesta UK, the company’s British branch, is producing Wildfire, the feature debut by director Cathy Brady (see the news).

(Translated from Italian)

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