After revealing the film and documentary program of the Riviera International Film Festival, we now turn our attention to what will be the TV series of the seventh edition, which takes place in Sestri Levante from May 9th to 14th. Special appointments, open talks with the protagonists, directors, screenwriters, and producers.
SESTRI LEVANTE (GE) – The still unreleased series Unwanted – Ostaggi del mare, original Sky production, will be the core of the talk “from the book to the series”: freely based on the investigative book Bilal, it will feature Fabrizio Gatti, author of the book, Stefano Bises, screenwriter of the series and Nils Hartmann, vice president of Sky Studios Italy and Germany, who in another exceptional meeting, through a dialogue with writer Antonio Scurati, author of the bestseller “M. Il figlio del secolo”, will also present the Sky Original TV adaptation of the same name.
Spotlight also on another Sky series, Django, freely inspired by Sergio Corbucci’s cult film. It will be presented to RIFF audiences by its director Francesca Comencini and set designer Paki Meduri, who will describe the difficult work of rebuilding the set.
The festival will also present two Rai series. The protagonists of Mare Fuori, which has already become a cult series and is already in its third season, will land on the Riviera. Blanca was also a great success, and its protagonist Maria Chiara Giannetta will talk about her experience along with two other actors from the cast, Fiorenza Pieri and Enzo Paci.
Finally, a big hit from Amazon Prime Video: The Bad Guy. Taking the stage will be director Giuseppe G.Stasi, screenwriter Ludovica Rampoldi, already a David di Donatello winner and a nominee again this year, and Selene Caramazza who plays Leonarda Scotellaro, one of the main characters.
A full schedule of technical panels enriches the program of events, starting with the Industry Day organized for Tuesday, May 10th, in collaboration with CNA Cinema e audiovisivo Liguria, also at the Duferco Lounge, with meetings dedicated to Tax credit and film production and distribution. The event will feature, among others, Eagle Pictures executive director Roberto Proia, Minerva Pictures CEO Gianluca Curti, and the famous producer Marina Piperno, who will present her autobiography “Eppure qualcosa ho visto sotto il sole” (Yet Something I Saw Under the Sun). The day will culminate in the 6:30 p.m. speed date with experts at the Ex Convento dell’Annunziata, attended by Pauline Mazenot, Emanuele Caruso and other influential insiders.
There are also many collateral initiatives, starting with “Lost in Rock,” a personal exhibition by sculptor Andrea Copello set up in the Sala Riccio of the Palazzo Comunale in Piazza Matteotti, whose vernissage is scheduled for Tuesday, May 9th, the Festival’s opening day, at 12 p.m. The exhibition is organized in collaboration with the Associazione Tecnica Mista from Chiavari and will be open for the duration of Riff, every day from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For families, then, Leggi e sogna bookstore at Via XXV Aprile, 167 will organize children’s workshops dedicated to Disney classics, scheduled from May 10th to 13th every afternoon at 5 p.m. and, on Saturdays, also in the morning at 11 a.m.
All talks will take place in the Duferco Lounge, the pavillon set up by main sponsor Duferco Energia in Sestri Levante’s beautiful Piazza Matteotti, and will also be streamed on RIFF’s official Facebook page.