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Sydney Sibilia on the set of Rose Island

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- After the hugely successful I Can Quit Whenever I Want trilogy, the director is back with a Netflix Original film produced by Groenlandia and starring Elio Germano

Sydney Sibilia on the set of Rose Island
Some of the cast and crew of Rose Island (© Duccio Giordano/Netflix)

Elio Germano will topline Rose Island [+see also:
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, directed by Sydney Sibilia, the shoot for which kicked off on 16 September and will take place for a further eight weeks in Rome, Malta, Rimini and Bologna.

Following the phenomenal success of the I Can Quit Whenever I Want [+see also:
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trilogy (which grossed a total of €10.8 million at the box office), Sybilia is back in the director’s chair with an international co-production by Groenlandia and Netflix, which announced the cast earlier today. The film, written by the director himself together with Francesca Manieri, is based on the true story of Giorgio Rosa and the independent state he founded in 1968 off the coast of Rimini, outside territorial waters, embodying the dream of an entire generation.

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Elio Germano will breathe life into Giorgio Rosa, flanked by Matilda De Angelis (Italian Race [+see also:
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), Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Luca Zingaretti, France’s François Cluzet (seen recently in Little White Lies 2 [+see also:
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and Irreplaceable [+see also:
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), Germany’s Tom Wlaschiha (Game of Thrones, Rush [+see also:
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), Leonardo Lidi, Alberto Astorri and Violetta Zironi. The movie’s cinematography has been entrusted to Valerio Azzali, the production design to Tonino Azzera and the costume design to Nicoletta Taranta.

“This film is a unique and ambitious project,” says producer Matteo Rovere, “not only because it tells the story of a fundamental chapter in our country’s history, which few people remember, but because it does so while evoking universal ideals and themes. It’s a story of freedom, brotherhood and participation, which is guaranteed to speak to everyone. That’s why we are proud to have found such an influential international partner that has decided to support a complex film with a huge scope, the likes of which is rarely seen in our country. With Netflix we have a guarantee of quality and international distribution. We can speak to the whole world, safe in the knowledge that the world will see itself reflected in this all-Italian story, and will be captivated by it.”

Representing Netflix, Teresa Moneo (director, International Original Films) responded: “We are truly excited to be working with Sydney, Matteo and the whole team at Groenlandia, and to be able to bring their ambitious and fascinating vision to life. We are thrilled that a project of this magnitude is coming from Italy, and we are sure that such a universal story will have the potential to delight Netflix viewers all over the world.”

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(Translated from Italian)

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