Gianni Versace, the emperor of dreams, Lux Santa and The Last Donkey: three titles for the Calabria Film Commission at the 41st Torino Film Festival


By John

The Calabria Film Commission at the Turin Film Festival with three works. First appointment on Sunday 26 November with the docufilm Gianni Versace, the Emperor of Dreams. Out of competition, in the Portraits and Landscapes section, shot almost entirely in Reggio Calabria, directed by Mimmo Calopresti and produced by Qualityfilm. The film written by Calopresti and Monica Zapelli presents archive materials and an interview with Carla Bruni stands out, elements that tell a point of view on the history of Versace, founder in 1978 of the fashion house that bears his name, one of most beloved and extraordinary Italian stylists, born in Reggio Calabria and passed away in 1997 in Miami Beach. The cast includes, among others, Leonardo Maltese and Vera Dragone. The short film L’Ultimo asino, directed by Angelo Urbano, produced by Magda Film, is still from the Calabria Film Commission. In competition for Italian short films, premiere on November 27th.
Urbano narrates a journey in the Upper Ionian Cosentino, in an archaic and rural world that now seems to have disappeared, but which remains in the memory, in the gestures and rituals of an old farmer and his inseparable companion, now the last donkey of this little village.

Then Lux Santa, the documentary by Matteo Russo, produced by Naffintusi Film and Rai Cinema. In Competition, in Italian Documentaries 1, on November 28, the protagonist is a group of fifteen-year-olds from a particular neighborhood of Crotone. A common goal brings them together: to create the tallest and most imposing pyramid in the city on the occasion of the Fires of Saint Lucia ritual, every 13 December, much more than a tradition. The majestic pyramid that burns has in fact the intention of restoring, through fire, the light to Saint Lucia on her day and thus also the lives of the children of the neighborhood.