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Mario Martone is shooting a documentary about Massimo Troisi, Laggiù qualcuno mi ama

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- The director is working on his new film, dedicated to the Neapolitan actor-director who passed away in 1994, written in league with Troisi’s long-time partner and collaborator, and produced by Indiana

Mario Martone is shooting a documentary about Massimo Troisi, Laggiù qualcuno mi ama
Actor-director Massimo Troisi (© Anna Pavignano)

The recent winner of four Nastri d’Argento awards by way of his two latest offerings, The King of Laughter [+see also:
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and Nostalgia [+see also:
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(read our news), the indefatigable Mario Martone is already hard at work on his next feature film. It’s called Laggiù qualcuno mi ama and it’s a documentary dedicated to the much-loved Neapolitan actor and director Massimo Troisi, who passed away in 1994 at just 41 years of age, who was the founder of the new Neapolitan brand of comedy - at once ironic, sentimental and melancholic – and who established himself between the 70s and 80s, first in theatre and subsequently in film.

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Produced by Indiana and currently in production, the film is penned by Martone, in league with Anna Pavignano, who was Troisi’s long-term partner, both in life and work. Showcasing content, unseen documentation and testimonies from friends and colleagues, the documentary looks to convey the geniality and legendary status of Massimo Troisi by way of the Neapolitan director and authors’ exclusive and exceptional vision, and by way of Pavignano herself, who co-wrote the screenplays of Troisi’s unforgettable films, such as I’m Starting from Three, Sorry for the Delay, Pensavo fosse amore... invece era un calesse, Il postino (The Postman), as well as other works.

“My friendship with Massimo was based on great mutual esteem, I loved his films, we dreamed of working together”, Martone enthused. “So the opportunity I’ve been given to make a documentary film allowing audiences to see him on the big screen again is a really special thing for me. I can talk to him, listen to him and place him opposite viewers again, viewers from both the past and the present, of which there are so many”.

The director of Capri-Revolution [+see also:
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and The Mayor of Rione Sanità [+see also:
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further added: “Massimo has always remained alive in the collective imaginary because he was a wonderful human being and a great artist. It’s a really special thing for me to be working on the screenplay with Anna Pavignano, who wrote all of Massimo’s films and whose presence by his side implied just how open, how dialectically inclined, and how ahead of his time Massimo was in his vision of things. How relevant he still is to us today. We’re making this film to listen to him once again, to see him again, and to be with him”.

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(Translated from Italian)

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