Cinema: Sicilian actor in Hollywood for series on Netfix – Sicily

Paride Benassai among the protagonists of “From Scratch”

(ANSA) – PALERMO, 08 NOV – The Palermo actor, director and author of theatrical texts Paride Benassai is among the protagonists of “From Scratch. The strength of a love”, a dramatic miniseries by Netflix, an intercultural story taken from the book by memoirs of actress Tembi Locke. Released on October 21 and directed by Dennie Gordon and Nzingha Stewart, the series shot on Hollywwod was favorably received by critics and recorded an overwhelming success of interactions with over 106 million hours of views, placing it at the top of the most viewed in the world. world. Benassai has conquered the Mecca of cinema and the public with his interpretation of Giacomo Ortolano, an elderly Sicilian father rooted in the principles of the land that clashes with the cultural integration and generational continuity of a son, Lino (played by Eugenio Mastrandrea), who falls in love with an African American student Ami (played by Zoe Saldana): “Giacomo Ortolano is a difficult character – says Benassai, who has already participated in many successful films – a Sicilian father, rooted in traditions, male chauvinist who clashes with the his strong prejudice on cultural diversity. He is a man of few words, gestures and the intensity of his gaze are his language. The sweetness and love for his son are never explicitly told. It is a story that speaks of pure love , of the pain of detachment and of denied continuity. I am far from him, to enter the role one must forget about oneself, I identified myself with the father cynically and distant that in the end, however, always welcomes his blood “.

“This series is taken from a true story, which comes from the Sicilian countryside, from the country of Aliminusa in the Madonie (Pa):” one of the many anecdotes that happened to me after the release of the series – continues the actor – was the testimony of a resident of Aliminusa who knew the real-life couple, played by Eugenio Mastrandrea and Zoe Saldana. She showed me a photo of the time and, after seeing the episodes, she told me that she had brought the flowers to the cemetery where the couple is lying “. (ANSA).