End of shooting for Lubo by Giorgio Diritti

End of shooting for Lubo by Giorgio Diritti

– The author of I wanted to hide is now offering an Italian-Swiss co-production whose plot is set in 1939 and which brings together Frank Rogowski, Christophe Sermet and Valentina Bellè

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Shooting has wrapped on Luboo, Giorgio Diritti‘s new film based on Mario Cavatore‘s novel “Il seminatore” (published by Einaudi) and starring Germany’s Frank Rogowski (nominated in the European Film Awards’ European Actor category last year thanks to Great Freedom [+lire aussi :
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also seen in Freaks Out [+lire aussi :
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and starring in disco boy and Crossings this year), Switzerland’s Christophe Sermet (Midnight Runner [+lire aussi :
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, carnivores [+lire aussi :
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) and Italy’s Valentina Belle (Rainbow – A Private Affair [+lire aussi :
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, Into the Labyrinth [+lire aussi :
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).

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Penned by Giorgio Diritti (who directed The Man Who Will Come [+lire aussi :
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the Sundance-selected movie There Will Come A Day [+lire aussi :
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and Berlin competition selected Hidden Away [+lire aussi :
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which won Elio Germano a Silver Bear for Best Actor, as well as scooping seven David di Donatello awards) and Fredo Vallabased on an idea by Giorgio Diritti, Fredo Valla and Tania Pedroni, Luboo unfolds in Switzerland in the winter of 1939. Youngster Lubo, who’s of nomadic Yenish descent, is called up for military service in the Swiss army to protect the border. He’s soon joined by his cousin who tells him that the police have taken his children, on account of their being children of itinerants and gypsies, in line with the national re-education program drawn up by the Kinder der Landstrasse, an organization governed by the principles of eugenics which gained ground in Europe in the Thirties. Lubo embarks on a vendetta with unexpected repercussions, forcing us to rethink the blurred boundaries between good and evil.

The film was shot over nine weeks between Piedmont, South Tyrol, the Autonomous Province of Trento and Switzerland. “It’s been a wonderful journey back in time, with beautiful places and people”, the director enthused, “who are also rather nomadic, like the protagonist in our film; we traveled between Switzerland and Italy, walking in his footsteps and re-living the painful battles and madness of a man looking for justice and a new life. It’s the result of brilliant teamwork, made possible by the determination and passion of our production companies and the brilliant cast and crew”.

The film also stars Noemi Besedes, Cecilia Steiner, Joel Basman, Philippe Graber and Massimiliano Caprara. The crew, meanwhile, includes Benjamin Mayer in charge of photography, Giancarlo Basili on set design and Ursula Patzak we suits. Editing is entrusted to Paolo Cottignolamusic to Marco Biscarini and visual effects to Claudio Falconi.

Luboo is an Italian-Swiss co-production by Indiana Production, Aranciafilm in league with RAI Cinema, Hugofilm Features and Proxima Milano. The movie was made in collaboration with RSI Radiotelevisione Svizzera, with the support of the Italian Ministry of Culture’s Film and Audiovisual Department, the Swiss Federal Office of Culture, Zürcher Filmstiftung, the IDM-South Tyrol Film Commission, the Film Commission Torino Piemonte and the Trentino Film Commission. The film will be distributed in Italy by 01 Distribution.

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