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BERLINALE 2021 EFM

RAI Com makes its virtual way to Berlin with Regina, Freaks Out and Walking Liberty

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- These are the star titles set to be touted by the Italian firm at the European Film Market, alongside Romantic Guide to Lost Places

RAI Com makes its virtual way to Berlin with Regina, Freaks Out and Walking Liberty
Regina by Alessandro Grande

Regina [+see also:
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by Alessandro Grande is the new entry in RAI Com’s line-up, a work which the group will be presenting at the 71st Berlinale’s European Film Market (1-5 March) alongside previously presented works Freaks Out [+see also:
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and Walking Liberty.

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Produced by Bianca Film together with RAI Cinema, and distributed by Adler Entertainment Italia, Grande’s debut feature film was the only Italian title to be presented in competition at the 38th Turin Film Festival, which unspooled online at the end of November, last year. The director says he started with the essay by the psychoanalyst Massimo Recalcati “Il complesso di Telemaco”, which tackles issues surrounding the absence and death of father figures, to explore the unbreakable bond between 15-year-old Regina (Ginevra Francesconi), who dreams of becoming a singer, and her father Luigi (Francesco Montanari) who gave up his musical career to be with his daughter following her mother’s death. Part genre film and part coming-of-age tale, Regina is set in an unusual and intimate rendering of Calabria.

Freaks Out, meanwhile, which was announced at the end of 2018 (with shooting having commenced in April), became a cult film before the first teaser trailer was even released in October 2020. Hopes are sky-high for this film by Gabriele Mainetti, who also directed the multiple-award-winning box office hit They Call Me Jeeg [+see also:
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. After a complicated post-production experience owing to problems with visual effects, the pandemic has since caused the film’s release via 01 Distribution to be postponed indefinitely. Set in Nazi-occupied Rome in 1943, Freaks Out is an Italian-Belgian co-production by Lucky Red, Goon Films and GapBusters in collaboration with RAI Cinema. The cast stars Claudio Santamaria, Pietro Castellitto, Giancarlo Martini, Giorgio Tirabassi and Aurora Giovinazzo.

Likewise featuring on RAI Com’s list is The Walking Liberty, the new animated film by Alessandro Rak. Following on from The Art of Happiness [+see also:
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(rewarded at the 2014 EFA European Film Awards) and Cinderella the Cat [+see also:
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, which he co-directed with Ivan Cappiello, Marino Guarnieri and Dario Sansone (who won the 2018 Best Producer and Best Digital Effects David di Donatello for Mad Entertainment), the filmmaker is setting his new story in a post-apocalyptic world, with production in the hands of Mad Entertainment together with RAI Cinema.

Another title set to be offered up in Berlin by RAI Com is Divorzio a Las Vegas [+see also:
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by Umberto Carteni, a comedy starring Giampaolo Morelli, Andrea Delogu and Ricky Memphis which is produced by Rodeo Drive alongside RAI Cinema, and was released in October of last year by 01 Distribution. 

For their part, Clive Owen, Jasmine Trinca and Irène Jacob shine bright in the cast of Romantic Guide to Lost Places [+see also:
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by Giorgia Farina, which was presented as a Special Event in the Venice Film Festival’s Giornate degli Autori line-up last year, and was distributed in Italian cinemas from 24 September 2020 via Lucky Red. The picture is produced by Oplon Film and RAI Cinema in association with Lucky Red and IBC Movie.

Movies rounding off the line-up include Gabriele Salvatores’ docufilm Fuori era primavera – Viaggio nell’Italia del lockdown [+see also:
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, produced by Indiana Production and RAI Cinema; Massimo D’Orzi’s documentary Bosnia Express, an Italian/French/Macedonian production by Loups Garoux Produzioni, Il Gigante and Istituto Luce Cinecittà and, last but not least, Marco Spagnoli’s docufilm Fellini - I Am a Clown, produced by Compagnia Leone Cinematografica.

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(Translated from Italian)

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