Shooting is under way on the musical The Land of Dreams
- The Lotus and 3 Marys Entertainment production directed by Nicola Abbatangelo will be set in 1920s New York
Shooting on the musical The Land of Dreams, which is already earning a name for itself “the Italian La La Land” and which is directed by Nicola Abbatangelo, the thirty-something Molise filmmaker and author of the award-winning musical short Beauty, is currently underway in Bulgaria. Shot and sung in English, the film boasts an international cast: Belorussian actress Caterina Shulha (currently touring cinemas in Into the Labyrinth [+see also:
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Written by Nicola Abbatangelo and Davide Orsini, the film tells the fairy-tale love story of Eva (Shulha), a young immigrant who has always dreamed of becoming a singer but who currently works as a dishwasher, and Armie (Blagden), an excellent pianist blessed with a wild imagination. Together, they learn that imagination, dreams and real life can sometimes overlap, offering the true recipe for happiness. The setting is New York, in the period between the Great War and the Great Depression, at a time of music, hope and incredible change.
The original music comes courtesy of Fabrizio Mancinelli (who also contributed to the score of the Oscar-winning work Green Book, among others), the sets are by Antonello Rubino (Security, Conan the Barbarian) and the choreography by England’s Oke Wambu (Absolute Beginners, The Hunger).
Filming is unfolding in Sofia’s Nu Boyana Film Studios - where the team have reconstructed 1920s New York - and will last for eight weeks.
(Translated from Italian)
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