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Piccole Avventure Romane

Written and directed by Paolo Sorrentino

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The Movie

Rome, outdoors, at night. A photographer is frantically shooting a fashion feature, with the Colosseum in the backdrop, when the unexpected occurs: the camera jams and the lens has to be changed.

The two sculpturesque models wearing underwear, partly resembling an urban Adam and Eve, partly resembling Cupid and Psyche, await his return dutifully, motionless. But, like in a typical Italian comedy, the photographer loses his bearings, following an enigmatic woman into the dark night.

After an endless wait, the two models decide to roam the stuporous, drowsy city in just their underwear. At this point, the unexpected turns into a “Little Adventure in Rome” that culminates on Via del Tritone, in the majestic Rinascente store where the two protagonists can finally get dressed surrounded by mirrors and tailored clothes in the deserted department store, the film’s silent protagonist.

The fun continues until dawn break out on the roof of the world: the 7th floor terrace that overlooks the Church of Sant'Andrea delle Fratte.

A heads-up: the ending will be a surprise.

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Paolo Sorrentino

The Director

Paolo Sorrentino: the award-winning movie director. Screenwriter and movie director, his first feature film One Man Up was released in 2001. It was nominated for three David di Donatello awards and won a Nastro d’Argento (Silver Ribbon). The film’s protagonist was played by Toni Servillo, an actor who has since starred in most of Sorrentino’s movies.
The Consequences of Love (2004) was selected at Cannes, and in 2008 Il Divo won the Prix du Jury at Cannes and several other awards and nominations, including a nomination for the Oscar® for Best Makeup and Hairstyling. This must be the place (2011), starring Sean Penn and Frances McDormand, marked his English-speaking debut. But it was The Great Beauty (2013) that won the Oscar® for Best Foreign Film. Sorrentino also directed Youth (2016) with Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel and Rachel Weisz, as well as the TV series The Young Pope starring Jude Law. Finally, 2018 saw the release of the two-part Loro 1 and Loro 2 with Toni Servillo, Elena Sofia Ricci and Riccardo Scamarcio.

Sorrentino+Rinascente, the partnership continues

Piccole Avventure Romane is a continuation of the partnership between the director and Rinascente, which began one year ago during the opening celebrations of the flagship store on Via del Tritone.
Indeed, Sorrentino was the creative mind behind the opening party, conceiving the Seconda Pelle project, an art installation that from the window displays led to the building interior, where the dynamic artistic performance by dancers, concealed behind a veil, created a dreamy atmosphere.

The female model

The quintessentially Italian model Michela Begal, model in this short movie as in life, plays the role of the charming female lead character.

The male model

The role of the statuesque male lead character is played by the Swedish blonde model Malcom Lindberg.

The photographer

The actual deus ex machina who acts as the catalyst of the plot, is the versatile Francesco Acquaroli, a renowned stage actor. He appeared on the big screen in Pasolini by Abel Ferrara, I can quit whenever I want - Masterclass and I can quit whenever I want – Ad honorem by Sydney Sibilia, Dogman by Matteo Garrone, as well as in the TV series Rocco Schiavone and Suburra.

The queen of Rome

Also featuring in the short movie is Lidia Vitale, who starred on the big screen in The Best of Youth by Marco Tullio Giordana, Suburra by Stefano Sollima and, recently, on the small screen in Romolo + Giuly: The Italian World War.

The Backstage

Written and directed by Paolo Sorrentino

Photography Daria D'Antonio
Editing Cristiano Travaglioli
Music Lele Marchitelli
Set Design Eugenia Fernanda Di Napoli
Costume Luca Canfora
Sound Emanuele Cecere
Assistant Director Davide Bertoni
Organisation Gennaro Formisano
Production Management Viola Prestieri
Produced by Guido Cella, Sebastiano Jodice

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The Events

For the launch of Piccole Avventure Romane, on 12-24 October this auteur short film will be the main focus in the Rinascente store’s window displays on Via del Tritone, where passers-by can watch the trailer and a sneak-peek clips. The film will be screened in full in the exhibition area on the floor -1, and visitors will have the chance to see what went on behind the scenes with an exhibition featuring backstage photos and images.

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Exhibition

Exhibition

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