Marché du Film – Festival de Cannes 2021 edition

Press Release


Rai Com put together the hottest releases on the Italian market for this summerish Marché du Film edition

Rome, June 15th, 2021

This July Rai Com presents in Cannes a line-up of the most awaited films on the Italian market, including recent releases Comedians and The Bad Poet.


Films – Lineup

In Comedians (2021) Academy-Award winner director Gabriele Salvatores follows the life of six stand-up artists getting ready for their first performance. The story is adapted from a successful theatre play by English dramatist Trevor Griffiths, already brought to the stage by Salvatores back in 1985.
The movie was released on Italian movie theaters on June 10th.

Prominent actor Sergio Castellitto plays the role of XX century Italian poet and political agitator Gabriele D’Annunzio in The Bad Poet (Il Cattivo Poeta, 2020) by Gianluca Jodice. The film is a photography of decisive moment in history of the country, in 1936, right before the beginning of the tragic events of World War II.
The movie was released on Italian movie theaters on May 25th.

My Body Will Bury You (Il Mio Corpo Vi Seppellirà, 2021) is a costume-drama set in 1860. In the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, while Garibaldi’s troops are invading this lawless territory, four female bandits nicknamed the “Drudes” are looking for their own personal revenge.

In Romantic Guide to Lost Places (Guida Romantica a Posti Perduti, 2020) by Giorgia Farina, British actor Clive Owen is a fifty-something TV anchorman who deals with his addiction to alcohol who leaves for an unusual road trip through Italy with Allegra (Jasmine Trinca), a travel blogger in her thirties who struggles with her fears.

Alessandro Grande debut’s feature is a coming of age drama. The film portraits Regina (2020): a 15 years old who dreams to become a singer. Her father Luigi supports her, expecially after the death of her mother. The two gets caught in a crescendo of anxiety and guilty feelings.

Hidden Away (Volevo Nascondermi, 2020) by Giorgio Diritti is a real gem. After the huge success in Berlin, which worth a Silver Bear for Best Actor to Elio Germano for his unique performance of artist Antonio Ligabue (1899-1965), the movie scooped 7 David di Donatello out of 15 nominations: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor (Elio Germano), Best Set Design, Cinematography, Hair Design and Sound.

With If Only (Magari, 2019) first-time director Ginevra Elkann put together a sentimental comedy a sentimental comedy about three kids of divorced parents. While living in Paris with their bourgeois Russian-Orthodox mother, they are suddenly packed off and sent to spend time with their unconventional and broke Italian father, Carlo.

In Divorce in Las Vegas (Divorzio a Las Vegas, 2020) Giampaolo Morelli (best known for his role as Inspector Coliandro), reunites with his wife, whom he married during a nine-hour romantic love story in Las Vegas.

The Right to Happiness (Il Diritto alla Felicità, 2021) is the story a friendship beyond generations and nationalities. Essien, a kid who comes from far away, meets Libero, an old man who wants to make a free man out of him.


By Gabriele Salvatores
Produced by: Indiana Production, Rai Cinema supported by Ministero della Cultura with the support of Friuli Venezia Giulia Film Commission
Italian Distribution: 01 Distribution
World Sales: Rai Com
Six aspiring comedians tired of the mediocrity of their lives are about to perform for the first time in a club. An examiner is attending the event, he will choose one of them to perform in a TV Show. For some of them this is the first real opportunity they have to change their lives, for others is the very last one. The performance begins. The comedians have a huge dilemma: should they listen their teacher who prefers a smart comedy or should they please the unrefined examiner? Or even should they choose a totally personal and original approach?
Following the stories of six characters, Comedians is a reflection on the very meaning of comedy in our time.



By Gianluca Jodice
Produced by: Ascent Film, Bathysphere, Rai Cinema supported by Ministero della Cultura, with the support of Regione Lazio
Italian Distribution: 01 Distribution
World Sales: Rai Com
Writer, poet, playwright, journalist, trooper, patriot. Gabriele D’Annunzio has been a towering observer and narrator of the Italian nation, and predicted its future with such foresight and critical thinking which brought him the title of Vate – the sacred poet, the prophet. Now D’Annunzio is living his last years as a recluse in his mansion, the Vittoriale, fighting against the oppression, determined not to give up his freedom,and never to join the Fascist Party. Although D’Annunzio accepts his honors and appointments, Mussolini fears him, and knows he needs to keep him under control. That’s why he sends Giovanni Comini, the youngest Federal in Italy, to watch the Evil Poet.





By Giovanni La Pàrola
Produced by: Cinemaundici, Ascent Film, Rai Cinema with the support of Regione Lazio, Apulia Film Commission
World Sales: Rai Com
1860, Kingdom of the Two Sicilies. While Garibaldi’s troops are invading this lawless territory, four female bandits nicknamed the “Drudes” are looking for their own personal revenge.





by Giorgia Farina
Produced by: Oplon Film, Rai Cinema, Lucky Red, IBC Movie
Italian distribution: Lucky Red
World Sales: Rai Com
Romantic Guide to Lost Places is an unusual road movie that ranges across Europe looking for forgotten places, during which two strangers, both trapped in lives of deceit, come to terms with their own pasts. Benno and Allegra: he’s over fifty, English, and drinks like a fish; she’s twenty years younger, a travel blogger with lots of imagination. They both live off their lies and have no intention of stopping now. Next-door neighbors who had never met until the day he wound up on the wrong landing, and nothing would ever be
the same. Sheer chance leads this odd couple on a flight towards lost or forgotten places, where their mutual support makes for self discovery.



by Alessandro Grande
Produced by: Bianca Film, Rai Cinema, supported by Ministero della Cultura, with the support of Fondazione Calabria Film Commission
Italian distribution: Adler Entertainment Italia
World Sales: Rai Com
Regina is 15 and dreams of being a singer. Her father Luigi supports her since she lost her mother years ago. Theirs is a very strong bond, at least until when, one day, an unforeseeable event will change their lives.



By Giorgio Diritti
Produced by: Palomar, Rai Cinema, supported by Ministero della Cultura, with the support of Regione Emilia Romagna, in association with Coop Alleanza 3.0., Demetra Formazione, Finregg
Italian distribution: 01 Distribution
World Sales: Rai Com
Toni, the son of an emigrant Italian mother, deported back to Italy from Switzerland where he spent his childhood, lived for years in a shack by the river without ever succumbing to loneliness, the cold or hunger. Meeting the sculptor Renato Marino Mazzacurati was his chance to return to painting, the beginning of a redemption story in which he feels art is the only way to form his identity, a real opportunity to make his name known and loved by the world. “El Tudesc,” as people called him, was a lonely, scrawny, ugly and often mocked and humiliated man. He became an imaginative artist who painted a fantasy world of tigers, gorillas and jaguars on the banks of the Po. Ligabue’s art is a “fairy tale” from which a wealth of diversity emerges and his work over time has proved to be a gift to collective humanity.
The movie was released on Italian movie theaters on February 5th, 2020.



By Ginevra Elkann
Produced by: Wildside, Tribus P Films, Iconoclast, Rai Cinema
Italian distribution: BIM
World Sales: Rai Com
Magari is a sentimental comedy, the story of three tight-knit siblings, Alma, Jean and Sebastiano who live in Paris, in the safe, albeit bizarre, bourgeois world of their Russian-Orthodox mother. One day they are suddenly packed and sent off into the arms of their absent, unconventional and completely broke Italian father Carlo, who has no idea how to look after himself, let alone his kids. During a Christmas holiday spent at a beach house with Carlo and his writing partner Benedetta, a moment in which their true lives are momentarily suspended, family tensions bubble to the surface. Carlo uncovers a dark side to his former wife and proves to his children that he is indeed an unreliable father, but also an incredibly charismatic one. And, despite the daily challenges and tensions, young Alma still firmly believes that one day – OH, IF ONLY! – her family will be united again, just like it used to be.



by Umberto Riccioni Carteni
Produced by: Rodeo Drive, Rai Cinema, with the support of Regione Lazio
Italian distribution: 01 Distribution
World Sales: Rai Com
At 18, Lorenzo (Gian Paolo Morelli) and Elena (Andrea Delogu) meet during a summer school vacation in the United States. She’s the hottie of the group, he’s the boring geek. During their last day of vacation, under the influence of lysergic substances, they dare to get married in Las Vegas to then eventually lose contact for the next 20 years. In the present day, Elena is a businesswoman meanwhile Lorenzo is an across the board ghostwriter: he writes speeches for politicians of any political spectrum. Lorenzo and Elena would have never met again if it weren’t for Elena’s upcoming marriage with one of the wealthiest men in Italy, Gian Andrea Bertolini (Gian Marco Tognazzi). Although, to be able to marry him she has to sneak back to Vegas with Lorenzo to get divorced. A bureaucratic hassle, which will actually turn into an odyssey of twists and turns, and emotions.




By Claudio Rossi Massimi
Produced by: Imago Film, Associazione Culturale Imago
World Sales: Rai Com
Libero is a passionate book seller, Essien is an immigrant young boy. The friendship between the two passes through the books that Libero lends to Essien. The complicity between the two grows together with the emotion of reading these novels. Essien meets the West through his literature. Libero, whose name means freedom, fulfills the meaning of his name by trying to make Essien a free man. Life, with his commandments, will bring a melancholy ending, but nothing is lost.



by Gabriele Mainetti
Produced by: Goon Films, Lucky Red, in collaboration with Rai Cinema
Italian distribution: 01Distribution
World Sales: Rai Com
Matilde, Cencio, Fulvio and Mario are family when the 2nd world war hits Rome. 1943, in the turmoil of the conflict and the eternal city is home to the circus in which they work. Israel, the owner and putative father, disappears in the attempt to find a getaway overseas for them all.





By Alessandro Rak
Produced by: MAD Entertainment, Rai Cinema, Mibact
World Sales: Rai Com
A tale partly inspired by the optimistic spirit reflected in the eponymous silver half dollar issued by the Unites States Mint from 1916 to 1947.





by Gabriele Salvatores
Produced by: Indiana Production, Rai Cinema
Italian distribution: 01 Distribution
World Sales: Rai Com
It was spring outside is an intimate report of Italians in lockdown: from the wonderful empty Italian squares, to the heroes on the front lines in the hospital wards, to the balconies in celebration, to home shooting. A collective testimony filtered through the direction and vision of a great artist who, with a real documentary film, gives to our future memory an authentic and complete photograph of Italy today.





Documentary / Biography (50’)
By Marco Spagnoli
Produced by Francesco Scardamaglia, Federico Scardamaglia, Compagnia Leone Cinematografica
World Sales: Rai Com
Synopsis: the documentary tells, through the backstage of «Director’s Block Notes» and «The Clowns», Fellini’s relationship with cinema and television. Peter Goldfarb, the Block Notes producer, talks about his relationship with Fellini and lesser-known anecdotes. The music marks the unedited scenes and Fellini is told not only as a director but also as a character: thoughtful, skillful but also uncertain. Uncertainty that Mastroianni perceives when he does not feel the trust of the director, his guide. The same uncertainty about the transition from cinema to television emerges, through the director’s own words, initially seen as an opportunity to speak to a different audience, and then disappointed. The carefully selected images manage to convey Fellini’s path and his «vision» emerges through the expressive faces of the actors and their specimens in a mosaic of strange characters, sets and unpublished claps. The relationship with the circus and clowns is striking: Fellini himself speaks of his passion for the circus since childhood and of «grotesque clowns as delusional drunken ambassadors of a vocation with no escape»: cinema.





Documentary / History (52’/70’)
By Massimo D’Orzi
Production Il Gigante, Istituto Luce Cinecittà, Loups Garoux with the support of Media Creative Europe, Mibact and FVG Film Commission
Italian Distribution: Istituto Luce Cinecittà
World Sales: Rai Com
Through the eyes and thoughts of the author, the documentary brings the viewer to the travel through some stages of a fascinating journey, inspired by the stops of the old Express 451. This is the train that connected Sarajevo and Belgrade in the time of Tito’s Yugoslavia, and created brotherhood among the people who lived along this railway. Nowadays, in these death rails our journey runs through the cities and landmarks of Bosnia and Herzegovina, that are crossed from one side by humanity that is moving to design a new profile of the country, and from the other by a theater of horrors that never ceases to remind the world the tragedy that has shaken this land with the war in the early nineties.


Market – Screenings

REGINA June 22nd 6:00 PM / June 23rd 5:30 PM
MY BODY WILL BURY YOU June 23rd 4:00 PM / June 24th 9:00 AM
THE RIGHT TO HAPPINESS June 23rd 8:00 PM / June 25th 6:00 PM
HIDDEN AWAY June 24th 3:00 PM / June 25th 10:30 AM
ROMANTIC GUIDE TO LOST PLACES June 24th 4:30 PM / June 25th 4:00 PM
New title – COMEDIANS June 24th 6:00 PM / June 25th 12:00 PM


Documentaries – Lineup

Gabriele Salvatores also created the collective documentary It was spring outside (Fuori era Primavera, 75’) a unique report of Italy during the lockdown. The breathtaking empty Italian squares, the healthcare workers seen as real-life heroes, the mise-en-scène on the balconies: tons of home-made videos and mobile footage are put together. The result is an emotional documentary, with the unmatchable realism of the collective reportage filtered through the direction and vision of a great artist.

Director and Movie Critic Marco Spagnoli brings to the screen a documentary portrait of Federico Fellini in Fellini. I’m a Clown (Fellini. Io sono un clown, 50’). With unseen materials of the behind the scenes of the mockumentary “Director’s Block Notes” and “The Clown”, the documentary explores the artist in his new relationship with the Television emerging as a mass media at that time – and the importance of the image of clowns, that according to Fellini are “delusional drunken ambassadors of a vocation with no escape”: cinema.

The documentary Bosnia Express (52’/70’) takes the viewer to a trip through the history that crossed Bosnia and Herzegovina. The documentary follows the railroad of the old Express 451, a train connecting Sarajevo to Belgrade at the time of Tito’s Yugoslavia. A journey that lasts until today, when a new profile of the country is still shaping off.


Films – Upcoming

Rai Com is also presenting in Cannes two movies from prominent Italian authors:

Freaks out is an historical-fantasy drama directed by Gabriele Mainetti. The story is set a Circus, the place where a group of unique characters live and work.
The movies is due to be released in Italy on October 2021.

The Walking Liberty is the third and most awaited feature by Italian animation director Alessandro Rak, known for Cinderella the Cat, who is now bringing to the screen a new inspiring tale. Set in a post-apocalyptic world taken over by a tropical vegetation, The Walking Liberty takes its name from the silver half-dollar issued from the United States Mint from 1916 to 1947.

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