Pupi Avati and his new film on Dante's life
In a couple of months the first take. In July the filming for the Florentine streets
He told us during an interview with us after a masterclass at Manifatture Digitali Cinema in Prato: "My biggest dream is to make a film about Dante Alighieri. I've been thinking about it for ten years. In 2021 the 700th anniversary of his death will be celebrated and for that date I would like to tell the story of Dante's life, starting from his first biography written by Giovanni Boccaccio."
It was 2019 and here we are, two months after the first clapperboard of the great new film by Pupi Avati, who after the success of Lei mi parla ancora, released on the Sky Cinema platform last February 8, returns to the set to tell the life of the Supreme Poet. In the role of his first great biographer, the actor Sergio Castellitto, the only name confirmed at the time.
Not even the turmoil of the pandemic has deterred the great director from the idea of crowning his dream: "It will be my most sacred undertaking and I want to conclude it by 2021 in order to be able to celebrate in time the 700th anniversary of Dante's death".
A picture that promises to show not only Dante's best-known face, but also his frailties, the difficulties of his existence, told in three different periods: when he was five years old, when he was nine and as an adult.
Filming will take place in Tuscany, Romagna and Cinecittà. There will be faithful reconstructions, such as the houses of the Alighieri, the Donati and the Portinari families, but the camera will also enter many existing monuments, many of which are, of course, Florentine, such as the church of Santa Margherita dei Cerchi, the Baptistery of San Giovanni, the church of San Martino al Vescovo, the Badia Fiorentina, Orsanmichele, and the interiors of Palazzo Davanzati. After the crew is expected to land in July.