Mercoledì, 17 Ottobre 2018

Stone starts shooting Avati film with Scamarcio


Rome, July 18 - Sharon Stone started shooting
acclaimed Italian director Pupi Avati's latest film, Un Ragazzo
d'Oro (A Boy As Good As Gold) in Rome Thursday.
Stone, 55, plays a sexy publisher who breaks up a
relationship between a much younger writer, played by former
teen heartthrob Riccardo Scamarcio, and his girlfriend, played
by rising Italian actress Cristiana Capotondi.
"I'm very happy to be here and to be making this film with
the Avatis," said Stone in Rome's central Piazza del Popolo,
referring to Pupi and his screenwriting brother Antonio.
"I'm delighted to be working with Riccardo. I love Rome. I
spent the summer with my children in the Italian countryside,"
said the Fatal Attraction star.
Scamarcio, who had a cameo in Woody Allen's To Rome With
Love, said: "Sharon is a great actress as well as a great star.
She's very 'simpatica' and open, it was fabulous meeting her.
It's great that an actress like her agreed to do a film in
"The credit must go to Pupi Avati, one of our most important
directors, known the world over".
Avati, 74, won the best film prize at the WorldFest in
Houston in 2010 with Il Figlio Piu' Piccolo (The Youngest Son).
The highly regarded showcase for international cinema also
presented a career achievement award to the Bologna-born
director and his brother Antonio, longtime co-screenwriter and
producer, for their "significant and brilliant movie career".
In 2009 the Texas fest devoted a retrospective to the
pair's work.
Avati, 74, whose credits include La Casa Dalle Finestre
Che Ridono (The House with the Smiling Windows, 1976), Il
Testimone Dello Sposo (The Best Man, 1998) and Il Cuore Altrove
(The Heart Is Elsewhere, 2003), said this was the latest
evidence that he was more appreciated abroad than at home.
"The US attention to my oeuvre doesn't really correspond to
what's been happening in Italy lately," said the former jazz
musician, whose atmospheric dramas and offbeat comedies are
often snubbed in high-brow Italian cinema circles - although La
Papa' di Giovanna (Giovanna's Father) won a prize at the 2008
Venice Film Festival.
Other Avati films which have helped build his overseas
reputation are Una Gita Scolastica (A School Trip, 1983) and Il
Nascondiglio (The Hideout, 2007).
His last film before Il Figlio Piu' Piccolo was the 2009
Gli Amici Del Bar Margherita (The Friends at the Margherita
Cafe', 2009), a reminiscence on his bohemian years.
Also in 2009, Avati received a career achievement award
from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).
''This award has more value for me than one from Italy,'' he
said at the time.
BAFTA Festival director Richard Mowe said Avati's films
were ''always different and this diversity has become a
trademark of his work''.

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