Filming begins for Ozpeteck’s latest “jewel”: “Diamanti” cast includes Luisa Ranieri and Jasmine Trinca


By John

Filming for the new film by Ferzan Ozpetek entitled Diamanti, the fifteenth film by the director, with an extraordinary cast that includes 18 Italian actresses among the protagonists. Produced by Marco Belardi’s Greenboo Production, in collaboration with Vision Distribution and in co-production with Faros Film, it will be shot entirely in Rome and filming will continue until the end of August.

Set in the present and the 70s, scripted by Carlotta Corradi, Elisa Casseri and Ferzan Ozpetek himselfthe film tells the life stories and love stories of a group of women who revolve around a large film tailoring company run by two sisters who are as different as they are close.

In the cast Luisa Ranieri and Jasmine Trinca, Sara Bosi, Loredana Cannata, Geppi Cucciari, Anna Ferzetti, Aurora Giovinazzo, Nicole Grimaudo, Milena Mancini, Paola Minaccioni, Elena Sofia Ricci, Lunetta Savino, Vanessa Scalera, Carla Signoris, Kasia Smutniak, Mara Venier, Giselda Volodi, Milena Vukotic, Stefano Accorsi, Luca Barbarossa, Vinicio Marchioni, Valerio Morigi, Edoardo Purgatori, Carmine Recano.

The Director of Photography is Gian Filippo Corticelli, the scenography is by Deniz Kobanbaythe costumes are of Stephen Ciammittithe assembly is handled by Pietro Morana and music by Giuliano Taviani and Carmelo Travia. Vision Distribution also handles international sales. A director calls his favorite actresses, those he has worked with and those he has loved.

She wants to make a film about women but doesn’t reveal much: she observes them, takes inspiration, is inspired, until her imagination catapults them into another era, into a past where the noise of sewing machines fills a workplace managed and populated by women, where men have small marginal roles and cinema can be told from another point of view: that of customs. Between solitude, passions, anxieties, heartbreaking shortcomings and indissoluble bonds, reality and fiction interpenetrate, as do the lives of the actresses with those of the characters, competition with sisterhood, the visible with the invisible.