As promised, here is the review of the film UN AMORE COSÌ GRANDE by our PATRIZIA CIAVA, which I translate with great pleasure for you – Daniela.
“UN AMORE COSÌ GRANDE”: LOVE DECLINED IN ITS VARIOUS FACETS
The debut on the big screen of the trio ll Volo in the film Un Amore Così Grande in the role of young mentors who discover the natural talent of a young unknown, their age, and help him to achieve success.
As announced by the title, love, declined in its various forms, is the motive that permeates the whole story of “Un Amore Così Grande”, the debut feature of the television director Cristian de Mattheis, which will be released in cinemas on September 20, produced by Federica Andreoli, who also edited the subject, and Michele Calì.
Not only the romantic love between the two young protagonists, interpreted by Giuseppe Maggio and Francesca Loy, but also that between parents and children, between teacher and pupil, between friends, and above all the love for music that is the real common thread and the bond that unites all the characters in the film in a symbolic embrace.
And to unite them is the passion for a genre generally considered elite, the lyric, which here is presented as an art form accessible to everyone, even to constitute the exercise of a street karaoke in which anyone can try, proposed by young people for young people.
In this lies the true peculiarity of the film that sees in Il Volo’s participation its raison d’etre. As repeatedly explained by the three members of the trio, in fact, the “Notte Magica” tour, whose poster is known from the beginning of the film, was born with the intention of bringing young people to the lyric as only “three boys, of twenty years can do”, in an ideal continuation of the project launched by Pavarotti to bring the Opera “outside the theaters” and make it accessible to the general public.
The presence of the three young singers, the two tenors Piero Barone and Ignazio Boschetto and the baritone Gianluca Ginoble, who impersonate themselves, is not really a simple cameo, but offers the key to the film in which they play the role of young mentors in able to understand talent and to encourage and accompany the protagonist to the success he deserves.
Verona, the city of Romeo and Juliet, where the film is set, is therefore the ideal setting as it is at the same time the city of love par excellence and temple of opera with its Arena.
The plot, however, also returns to the city its role as a symbol of contrasting love, of the destiny that first unites lovers and then tries to divide them. Love for music proves to be the only driving force able to transform suffering into passion and creativity.
A love story, therefore, that explores the different facets and whose meaning is contained in the title that is also that of one of the most beautiful songs of the Italian musical tradition, “Un Amore Così Grande”, composed by the maestro Guido Maria Ferilli , on whose notes the last scene of the film closes.
Once upon a time there were the musical films, the director De Mattheis signs with UNAMORE COSÌ GRANDE, a lyrical music film.
The story revolves around Vladimir, called Vlad, a young talent of opera singing, who at the death of his mother, a former soprano with whom he lived in St. Petersburg, came to Verona to look for his father, who had abandoned them when he was a child. To support himself, Vlad starts performing as a street singer. That’s how he meets the high-bourgeois Veronica with whom he is immediately struck by lightning.
In the meantime, by chance, the director of IL VOLO hears him singing and offers him a great opportunity. Life for Vladimir seems at a turning point, but many traumas and twists still await him …..
Michele Calì is the producer of the film to explain how their involvement was born: “We started from the love story, but we needed a link to reach the public, especially the younger one.
It was natural to turn to Il Volo, which only in Italy has a huge following, the ‘volovers’ are more than 400 thousand. We have made them an integral part of the story, and they have become an added value to the film.
De Mattheis loved the possibility of telling the simplicity of a love story that recalled those of opera.
How was it to work with Il Volo? “We thought to transmit mainly what they are in life, here they represent the ‘mentors’ of the hero, simply being themselves.”
Federica Andreoli, the producer of the film, wrote these words:
“A big thank you goes to all the Volovers and Il Volo fans, for the help they are giving me in these weeks to promote UN AMORE COSÌ GRANDE … Thank you for what you are doing and for the love and interest you are showing for this movie. I will never cease to thank all the Il Volo fans enough for their precious collaboration …. you are fantastic.”
And here are some photos taken from the film and backstage moments:
Francesca Loy is VERONICA
Francesca Loy and Giuseppe Maggio: VERONICA and VLADIMIR
Here is an article from the premiere entitled UN AMORE COSÌ GRANDE, crowd at the Adriano (the cinema) IL VOLO and the debut on the big screen.
The day after the premiere, a clip from the film was also broadcast on the RAI2 news program.
At the beginning of the month of August, this release appeared on the facebook page of IL VOLO:
We learn from the production of UN AMORE COSÌ GRANDE and as disclosed by some media that the film will be screened in cinemas from next September this year and soon in the Mediaset channels. We take this opportunity to congratulate the producer Michele Calì, the director De Mattheis and the good actors with whom we had the pleasure of working on the set for our brief participation in the story of the story. On this occasion we think it is right to point out that our presence in the script is reduced only to a couple of scenes not to create false expectations from the public or incorrect communications that could confuse us with the real protagonists of the film that instead used to this role of other characters, professional actors.
We therefore thank the production for giving us the opportunity to perform in this musical “cameo” and wish everyone a well deserved success.
After this release, I immediately thought that Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca, would not have been at the premiere, and in fact, the boys, last night were not there, but, they have entrusted to three short videos projected before the film, their best wishes.
Here they are.
P= Best wishes to the film UN AMORE COSÌ GRANDE, unfortunately for appointments previously fixed, we will not be there with you.
We wanted to thank you for this wonderful adventure, experience, and I wanted to give you a big “good luck”, see you soon.
G= Hello everyone, I want to make a big “good luck” to the film UN AMORE COSÌ GRANDE, and thank everyone, starting from directing, producers and actors, who have given us the opportunity to be part of this beautiful project.
See you soon, a hug.
I= Hello to all the friends of UN AMORE COSÌ GRANDE, we regret not being part of the premiere of the film, it was a wonderful experience, I know that I will become a great actor one day ….. I joke.
A big hug to everyone and a “good luck”, bye.
But at the premiere, and on the red carpet, who was there of our knowledge:
But they are our dear MAURA PUCCIand PATRIZIA CIAVA, congratulations volovers, you are our nice and beautiful representatives!!
And here’s what Maura wrote in the aftermath of the premiere !!
Notice to “sailors”, in particular those interested in IL VOLO. I saw the movie UN AMORE COSÌ GRANDE and doing a review is not my job. But I can tell you that it is a love story with a happy ending, like those of other times: without violence, without sex and without vulgarity, but with lots of music and breathtaking images of the beautiful Verona.
I’m here to talk about the participation of our guys and I do not do it at the request of production, for which this “sorti” will be a, I hope, pleasant surprise, nor to win the benevolence, which I presume that I do not need it, nor for gratitude for consideration in my regard. I do it for you. Do not be fooled by the clip of a few seconds that Federica Andreoli wanted to give us as an anticipation. Neither from the announcement of the site of Il Volo, aimed at minimizing their stage presence. Cameo? …. Not even for idea, it is not a cameo. According to the definition of the term. It is instead a scenic presence, remarkable and substantial. We see them and hear them sing in a dimension never seen, thanks to the huge screen, It seems to be able to touch them, other than front row seats in the concerts, other than screens at the sides of the stage! And in the same way we see them and hear them recite, absolute novelty, spontaneous, natural, credible. It seemed to me to identify in their parts a different vein, certainly established by the script. Piero always serious, Ignazio a bit ‘serious and somewhat’ playful , and Gian a bit ‘serious and a bit’ angry. If I think that the “hunger” that we have of them leads us to watch any broadcast even squalid and ridiculous that you talk about it or show us, then for intellectual honesty, I have to tell you: go and see this film which is for all just what it takes: a breath of oxygen! (quote “Ricomincio dalle tre” by Michele Torpedine 😁😁)
And Michele Torpedine answered her like this:
Mick Torp = A spokesperson like you in politics … you would have won anyone!
I do not know about you, but all these innovations, especially what Maura wrote, made me want to see this film, certainly for me the wait will not be long, the next week will be in many Italian cinemas, but I think the wait for you will be longer.
Meanwhile, we are waiting for a complete and professional review that surely Patrizia will do for all of us ….. do not make us wait too much Patrizia !!
Finally, with much delay, our beloved guys will officially make their big screen debut! How long we have waited! It will be released in Italy around mid-end of September. I did hear some rumors at one point, it should be released elsewhere, including the United States. Again, we wait! Thanks to our Il Volo site friends, below I found this on my Instagram yesterday! 🙂 Isn’t it awesome how clearly they promote our Il Volo guys?
Finally there is news on the film UN AMORE COSI’ GRANDE, where Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca also act!
Federica Andreoli, producer of the film, has sent this new, beautiful video, which I’m going to translate for you.
He also said that the film will be released by MEDUSA and will be in cinemas from September.
I asked Federica Andreoli, if it will also be distributed in America and she immediately replied that it could be distributed there too, we cross our fingers.
Here is the video and the translation.
C.De Mattheis (director): The story of the film is the story of Valdimir, a 25-year-old boy, a boy like many, is Italian but who has lived in Russia and arrives in Italy in search of his father.
Di Maggio (actor): In the film I play Vladimir, who is a boy who lived in St. Petersburg, with a mother who has always taken care of him, and who in the past was a great lyric singer. He has has lived with a great soprano and therefore, inevitably, there was this massive presence of music in Vladimir since he was born.
F.Andreoli M.Calì (producer): We can say that we were the first to give the first film CIAK to the guys from IL VOLO. They had never acted in a film. We are satisfied with how they worked, we were fine, they had a great time with us and we are happy with this.
Di Maggio (actor): As for the boys of IL VOLO, I had a great prejudice at the beginning, because they are international stars, and I thought they would behave like a star. In reality it was not like that, in the sense that they are very nice and very available guys, and they are busy doing this job. They interpret themselves, but their characters, give to these stars, these VIPs, a great humanity, in the end they are boys and this is evident in the film, and it is very nice.
C.De Mattheis (director): The choice to make this film is certainly due to the fact that in this film, for the first time in my career, I have the opportunity to talk about my great passion, the Opera.
Di Maggio (actor): I had great difficulty, at the beginning, above all, because I inevitably had to take singing lessons, and a very technical lyric song. We sang extremely difficult arias, and we had to concentrate on this and also Russian lessons, because the scenes acted in Russia are acted in Russian, with Russian actors.
I personally have a great desire to see this film and also to see how Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca work in the role of actors . . . and you?
Back in September at the Venice Film Festival, there was a press conference for the presentation of the film, UN AMORE COSI’ GRANDE, where our boys will be present as actors. It will be a beautiful romantic film.
Here in Italy the film will be released in February on Valentine’s Day. It was said that a first vision will be released by December, and only in Verona.
I sent a message to Federica Andreoli, the producer of the movie, UnAmore così Grande.
I told her that ILVOLO’s fans of Flight Crew wanted to know if the film will be distributed to America as well.
Federica kindly answered me. These are her words.
“Hi Daniela, we are now finishing the film editing and then going to the musical part! The film will also be released in other countries beyond Italy and I also hope in America … a hug and good Sunday.“
The following is the Press Conference. I will translate from the 10.05 minute…what the producer of the film says about the participation of Il Volo.
“What can I say, I’m the one who wanted strongly the boys of IL VOLO.“
“The boys of IL VOLO, why? Because today are the most beloved,mostfollowed Italian guys, in Italy and in the world. They are the ambassadors of Italian music in the world, so it was the right choice to have them in this movie, a film that must bring young people to the lyrical world.
Today they are not here with us, they send greetings because in a few days they will leave for a South American tour, the 7th will be in Mexico with the first concert, a tour that will see them busy for a couple of months.
Negotiation with them was not easy because they are always around the world, so finding them, talking to them by phone, it was not easy. We put in 15 months and we did it. They read the subject and fell inlove with the screenplay. I have to say a special thanks goes to their manager, Michele Torpedine, because he helped me so much in this negotiation.
And then I chose them for another reason, because I’m a fan of theirs. I had a dream, to make an event, a movie with these three guys and Isucceeded. I can say that the first ciak, the first “take” of the boys of IL VOLO, is in my movie. As a producer and fan, I have double satisfaction.”
Danielasent us this wonderful sneak preview of the movie the guys have been working on.
By now we all know that ILVOLO will take part in a movie entitled UNAMORE COSI GRANDE, which will be released in 2018.
This article was published a few weeks ago, that speaks of the plot of the film.
From the giornal THE ARENA
The protagonist is Vladimir, a young Russian who lives with expedients to keep himself and the mother who has been a great soprano.
His mother convinces him to go to Verona in search of his father.
In Verona Vladimir performs his singing talent and conquers young Veronica and attracts the attention of ILVOLO manager who is looking for a debutant to launch in the trio concerts.
Of course the story will be much woven, and will be shot in St.Petersburg.
The guys with Vladimir’s mother
Gianluca and the actress who interprets Veronica.
Vladimir e Veronica
Un Amore Cosi Grande, is a film that wants to relaunch the lyrics to bring young people closer to this world up to now unknown.
Tell precisely of the “grande amore” of the protagonist for the work but also for his mother and his girlfriend.
The music of the movie will be drawn from the operas as well as some songs IL VOLO. On the set, between a slate and the other, Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca, gave some explanation about their role “Recite next to professionals, but in a role that favors us because we remain Il Volo, essentially doing what is better: singing”.
Behind the shots appear at ease. “The lights we are accustomed,” say in choir boys de Flight, those of the stage of the Arena then know them very well, in fact you have organized various concerts, the last last 19 and 20 May.
It is not possible that you do not know the film into production where even our boys will be involved. A year ago we talked about this project and I must tell you that in the beginning it did not thrill me because it was a kind of film “The VITELLONI ” ( Italian post-war film ). I don’t like this film.
Now the project is becoming a reality and was presented at the Venice . It is a love story where music is the thread and the interpreter will discover the value of attending music concerts where he performs IL VOLO .
Some scenes are already shot in the Arena during the show of 04 July, it also Jana in her story she says she saw shoot these scenes. So it seems to me a very nice film, it was made with the support of the city of Verona and Arena .
I translate what they say in the promo that you sent me.
Speaks Michele Cali , producer of the film and says :
“The lyric is a very important thing, we have the Arena di Verona where, unfortunately, we know that every year there are fewer and fewer young people in the audience, then did this idea , I’ve talked to Flavio Tosi ,the president lyrical entity (and mayor of Verona),and Francesco Girondini (superintendent of the Arena foundation) that this idea really liked , then we involved IL VOLO and now we have to study how to be in the film and we hope that this film can become a value added and introduce young people to the world of opera“.
Keep talking Giuseppe Ferlito, director of the film, and says:
” The main interpreter starts from St. Petersburg in search of his father and of its origins and finds the love of a girl who supports him in all his dreams and when they will only find only solace in music, because music is what language that only the soul can hear “
I hope I’ve been useful, a hug.
Come in and share the love of life, friends and Il Volo!