On 26 February, Teodora Film will distribute "Wondrous Boccaccio" by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani. The new, eagerly awaited film by the two brothers, following the incredible success of "Caesar Must Die" (winner of the Golden Bear at Berlin 2012 and five David di Donatello Awards, among countless other prizes), is set in 14th-century plague-ridden Florence; the disease drives ten young people to seek refuge in the country, where they pass the time by telling each other short stories. Whether tragic or witty, erotic or grotesque, every single tale actually has one single, great protagonist: love, in all its countless guises. And for every single one of the youngsters, love will indeed prove to be the best antidote to the suffering and uncertainties of an entire era.
The cast is truly exceptional: Kim Rossi Stuart, Riccardo Scamarcio, Kasia Smutniak, Jasmine Trinca, Vittoria Puccini, Michele Riondino, Carolina Crescentini, Flavio Parenti, Lello Arena, Paola Cortellesi and Josafat Vagni; they are joined by the young novellatori (storytellers) Melissa Anna Bartolini, Eugenia Costantini, Miriam Dalmazio, Camilla Diana, Niccolò Diana, Fabrizio Falco, Beatrice Fedi, Ilaria Giachi, Barbara Giordano and Rosabell Laurenti Sellers.
The two Tuscan directors state: “We are telling this story – or, in fact, these stories – loosely based on The Decameron by Boccaccio, because we are taking up a challenge; the sombre colours of the plague – today, as in days gone by, the plague, in its various guises, is everywhere – are contrasted with the transparent, shining colours of love, commitment and imagination. And then, as always, there is fate, but that will make our tale all the more exciting. We have said thank you to this sensitive and enlightened master storyteller for his characters’ tales, both the romantic and the harsh ones: mostly women, young women, not-so-young women, so many females yearning to be able to love freely.” They conclude: “We have said, ‘Thank you Boccaccio, farewell Boccaccio.’ Now we are going our own way in order to tell a new truth, that of a film – our film.”
"Wondrous Boccaccio" is a Stemal Entertainment, Cinemaundici and Barbary Films production, with the collaboration of Rai Cinema.
- From www.cineuropa.org