Monthly Archives: July 2012

Gino Bartali: Road to Valor

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Gino Bartali (1914-2000) Italian cyclist, king...

Gino Bartali (1914-2000)

We love sport… at a time like this, where every social media or network speaks only of the Olympics Games,  we felt like following a personal nostalgia  of ancient times, where sport was still clean from drugs and companies business … We grew up intrigued by the passion of grandparents and parents about the duel between the two Italian cyclists Coppi and Bartali. It seems right to remember the true heart of sports …

Gino Bartali, Italian Cycling Legend, Saved Jews During WWII; Subject Of New Book: Road To Valor.

gino bartali e fausto coppi

Gino Bartali e Fausto Coppi

Let’s go to…Versailles!

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After one of the most amazing experiences I ever had in my life, like being part of the “making of” Stars work the night shift, filmed in the Dolomites, let’s do something different, while waiting for the editing…let’s think about what to do in France…in August!

JOANA VASCONCELOS AT VERSAILLES 
“After Jeff Koons and Takashi Murakami, this Parisian-born Portuguese artist is the latest to show at Versailles, where her exuberant works bubble over with bonheur. In the Grands Apartments and the Gardens, we encounter Marilyn, a pair of pumps made of cooking pots and lids; Blue Champagne, a collection of thousand bottles illuminating the chateau terrace; and Caracao Indipendante, two suspended hearts in black and red, one representing passion, the other, death.” Through September…let’s go!

What’s Next? From Silvia

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Now that the shooting of our movie is over, I thought I would breathe with relief and instead I keep realizing that the job of a producer is never over, not until our little movie will have a life of its own and travel to be seen by people all over the world! Sometimes I even stop and wonder how it all came about, how we came into this wonderful and inspiring story, how so many incredible people got together to bring to the screen the majestic beauty of our Dolomites, the courage of the characters who climb those peaks as a promise to life, the courage of facing the void below and keep pushing forward.

I have a new admiration for our actors who, never having climbed before, literally entrusted their lives to our Alpine guides, especially Diego Zanesco, who held the ropes while they were climbing: I have done it myself, at the end of the movie, one of the “ferratas”, those mountain ways – there are many in the Dolomites in Trentino – where an iron rope helps you climbing and feeling secure, and it is an incredibly exciting experience.

Our movie will be ready by the Fall (soon we will share our exciting news about which international festival it will premiere at) and one of the things we are thinking about is changing the English title: “The Night Shift is Covered by the Stars” is   literal translation of Erri De Luca’s original title (Il turno di notte lo fanno le stelle), but we opted for a shorter title, “Stars Work the Night Shift”, we hope you like it!

In the meantime, Julian Sands is in London with his family and getting ready to come back to Italy to receive an award by the Salento Finibus Terrae in Puglie; Nastassja Kinski, after a few days in Sardinia, is visiting young athletes in Sicily to talk about her documentary about the importance of sports in life, especially among young people. She will also come to Puglie for the Salento Finibus Terrae and then in Calabria for the Magna Graecia Film Festival. I think she fell in love again with Italy and wants to stay! As for our director, Edoardo Ponti, is back in Los Angeles finishing the editing of the movie and loving what he is creating in his hands. And our writer, Erri De Luca…well, he is back in his beloved Dolomites climbing of course with his friend Diego. Life returns to normal.

Roberta e Lois…in Italian, by Erri

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Lois e Roberta hanno lasciato le loro mucche sul pascolo dell’Alpe di Fanes.
Hanno falciato il prato in salita accanto al maso, portato il fieno in stalla.
Strani contadini: lei, Roberta Dapunt, e’ poeta, pubblica versi in ladino e in tedesco. In italiano e’ pubblicata da Einaudi. Lui, Lois Anvidalfarei, fa statue in bronzo. Lavora a gesso e porta in fonderia. Le sue figure risalgono le ere del corpo umano, quand’era nudo, massiccio e buono a tutto. Dalla cantina Lois spilla vino per gli ospiti e uno speck d’autore, strofinato a spezie e maturato al buio dei mesi d’inverno. Le sue opere stanno su piazze e dentro chiese, un suo Caino sorveglia la mia libreria.
Lassu’ in Valbadia, a Pedraces, il loro balcone si affaccia davanti alla grande muraglia del Sasso della Croce, dove al tramonto si copre di ruggine e di arrosto.
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con Giovanni Spitale, Nives Meroi, Lois Anvidalfarei, Roberta Dapunt, Erri De Luca, Pietro Dal Pra, Alessandro Pace, Romano Benet nel laboratorio di Lois.