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Shooting is underway on the series for Disney+ The Ignorant Angels

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- The first clapperboard has slammed on the Star original romantic drama starring Cristiana Capotondi and Luca Argentero, based upon Ferzan Özpetek’s 2001 hit film

Shooting is underway on the series for Disney+ The Ignorant Angels
Luca Argentero and Cristiana Capotondi on the set of The Ignorant Angels

Cristiana Capotondi (recently seen in Attenti al gorilla [+see also:
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and Woman’s Name [+see also:
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), Eduardo Scarpetta (Capri-Revolution [+see also:
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) and Luca Argentero (recently gracing Good Goals [+see also:
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and the series DOC – Nelle tue mani) are leading the cast of the much-anticipated Star original series The Ignorant Angels, a work based upon the hit film which established Ferzan Özpetek in the industry in 2001, His Secret Life.

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Disney+ has released a photo of the first clapperboard for the romantic drama, which is composed of eight 50-minute episodes and is written by Özpetek, Gianni Romoli, Carlotta Corradi and Massimo Bacchini, with production in the hands of R&C Produzioni. The firm headed up by Tilde Corsi and Gianni Romoli has made almost all of Ozpetek’s films, including his most recent work The Goddess of Fortune [+see also:
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. Four of the eight episodes will be directed by Gianluca Mazzella, a long-term collaborator of Ozpetek’s and an assistant director on films such as Renato De Maria’s Lo spietato [+see also:
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, Elisa Amoruso’s Sirley [+see also:
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, Massimiliano Bruno’s Non ci resta che il crimine [+see also:
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and Roberto Andò’s Una storia senza nome [+see also:
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.

The story stays true to the original film, which starred Stefano Accorsi and Margherita Buy and scooped 4 Nastri d’Argento awards and 3 Golden Globes. When Massimo (Luca Argentero), who is married to Antonia (Cristiana Capotondi), is killed in a car crash, the latter learns that her husband was involved in a homosexual relationship with a man called Michele (Eduardo Scarpetta). Devastated by this news, Antonia finds herself forging a moving and unexpected friendship with Michele and his eclectic circle of friends.

Selected to compete in the 2001 Berlinale, the original film won a number of international trophies, such as the Sebastiane Award at the San Sebastián Film Festival, and various national accolades, including several Nastri d’Argento and Italian Golden Globe awards. More recently, Özpetek has directed The Goddess of Fortune (which bagged two David di Donatello trophies in 2020) and Naples in Veils [+see also:
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(2017, likewise the recipient of two David di Donatello trophies), as well as portraying his return to Turkey, the country of his birth, in Istanbul Red [+see also:
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(2017).

The cast of the series (The Ignorant Angels) also includes Carla Signoris, Serra Yilmaz, Burak Deniz, Paola Minaccioni, Ambra Angiolini, Anna Ferzetti, Edoardo Purgatori and Filippo Scicchitano.

The series will be available on Star, via the Disney+ streaming service, in the very near future.

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(Translated from Italian)

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