The shooting of “Dante”, the new film by Pupi Avati, is starting

The shooting of “Dante”, the new film by Pupi Avati, has begun who goes back behind the camera after the success obtained with «She speaks to me again». The film tells the life of the great poet Dante Alighieri told by Giovanni Boccaccio, the first biographer of the father of the Italian language. In his “Trattatello in Laude di Dante” Boccaccio traces the events of his human life, a very complex story in a succession of lights and shadows largely destined to remain so. The subject and the screenplay are by Pupi Avati.

Among the main performers: there are Sergio Castellitto (Giovanni Boccaccio), Alessandro Sperduti (Dante young), Enrico Lo Verso (Donato degli Albanzani), Alessandro Haber (Abbot of Vallombrosa), Gianni Cavina (Piero Giardina), Leopoldo Mastelloni (Bonifacio VIII), Ludovica Pedetta ( Gemma Donati), Romano Reggiani (Guido Cavalcanti), Carlotta Gamba (Beatrice), Paolo Graziosi (Alighiero di Bellincione), Mariano Rigillo (Meneghino Mezzani), Valeria D’Obici (Sister Beatrice), Giulio Pizzirani (old Dante), Erica Blanc (Older Gemma Donati), Morena Gentile (Gozzuta woman), Milena Vukotic (Rigattiera). Filming will last eleven weeks in Umbria, Marche, Tuscany, Emilia Romagna and Rome. The film, produced by Antonio Avati, is a Duea Film production with Rai Cinema and will be distributed in Italian cinemas by 01 Distribution.

Dante died in exile in Ravenna in 1321. September 1350. Giovanni Boccaccio is commissioned to bring ten gold florins as symbolic compensation to Sister Beatrice, daughter of Dante Alighieri, a nun in Ravenna in the monastery of Santo Stefano degli Ulivi. During his long journey Boccaccio, in addition to his daughter, will meet those who, in the last years of Ravenna’s exile, sheltered and welcomed the great poet and who, on the contrary, rejected him and put him on the run. Retracing part of Dante’s journey from Florence to Ravenna, stopping in the same convents, in the same villages, in the same castles, in the opening of the same libraries, in the questions he asks and in the answers he gets, Boccaccio reconstructs the human story of Dante, until he can tell us his entire story.

Pupi Avati stated: «Wait a long time. Eighteen years before you are allowed to make a film. You had it clear in 2003 when you wrote the first version of the subject. In the meantime you have done something else, much more, but that commitment with Dante has remained inside you, blocking it, making you feel the passage of time as a fault. Then, finally, you meet those who listen to you and do not postpone, those who appreciate the idea and find yourself “unprepared” for that assent, that welcome. This is my state of mind today, a few hours into the shooting. A film about the life of Dante Alighieri is unlikely to happen in today’s Italy where the hierarchies of what and who counts are dictated by something else. I don’t dare believe it yet ».

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