The province of Foggia and the Apulia Film Commission and the Puglia Region will undoubtedly be among the protagonists at the Venice Film Festival. After I eat your heart from Goofy Mezzapesa starring Elodie (shot in the province of Foggia and in competition in the Horizons section of the Festival), also the film Father Piodirected by the legendary filmmaker Abel Ferrarawill be present at the 79th Venice International Film Festival, in competition at the Giornate degli Autori.
Father Pio from Abel Ferrara it is mainly shot in Monte Sant’Angelo, but some shots have also been shot in San Marco La Catola. The film stars the star of the saga of Transformers Shia LaBeouf. However, the cast also includes talented Italian performers such as Ignazio Oliva (The Young Pope), Brando Pacitto (Baby And Red bracelets), Marco Leonardi, Luca Lionello, Martina Gatti (SKAM), Carla De Girolamo (Red bracelets), Alessandro Cremona (007 Specter), Michelangelo Dalisi (Freaks Out) and Roberta Mattei (Anna, Zero).
Padre Pio by Abel Ferrara: appointment in Venice 79
The shooting of the film took four weeks of work, more precisely from 24 November to 17 December 2021. Father Pio narrates the events that took place in 1920 in San Giovanni Rotondo: the first peasant socialist victory repressed in blood, concomitant with the arrival in the city of the young friar in full mystical crisis who manifested the first miracles and received the first stigmata right then.
Produced by the German Maze Pictures, the Italian Interlinea Film and the English Rimsky Productions, with the service of the Apulian Oz Film, Father Pio from Abel Ferrara is made with the logistical support of the Apulia Film Commission. 33 Apulian work units contributed to the making of the film.
Abel Ferrara returns to Venice after participating in 2020, when he presented his documentary out of competition Sportin ‘Life, which intertwines the behind-the-scenes of its latest projects with the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Shia LaBeouf also participated in Venice 77 with Pieces of a Womanpoignant Netflix movie thanks to which Vanessa Kirby won the prestigious Coppa Volpi for the best female interpretation.