Orlando: the new film by Daniele Vicari that brings Europe’s past and future together

Presented at the Turin Film Festival, this film starring Michele Pladico alongside the very young Angelica Kazankova will debut in Italian cinemas on 1 December with Europictures.

In addition to being the title of the film, Orlando is also the name of its protagonist, played by Michael Placido. And, incidentally, or maybe not, it is also the name of the father of Daniele Vicari, that the film was written by him (with the collaboration of Andrea Cedrola) and directed it.
Orlando is an elderly man who lives alone in a mountain village in central Italy. He never wanted to emigrate, but his son did, twenty years earlier, and this choice had caused a deep break between the two. But when a phone call arrives from Brussels, and a request for help, Orlando does not hesitate for a second, and leaves for an unknown and alien world, in which he will also discover that he has a niece, Lyse.

“Their meeting is significant,” he explained Daniel Vicars to the Turin Film Festivalwhere is it Orlando premiered on theatrical release, which will happen on 1 December with Europictures. “Brussels is a beautiful city and the heart of Europe, a Europe that for Orlando is an abstract entity. Brussels is a city of the future, it is no coincidence that the term ‘Brusselisation’ exists to indicate the expansion of cities, and Orlando therefore finds himself in a future that he does not know how to interpret, in which he does not know how to orient himself. Lysa, his granddaughter, is to all intents and purposes that future ”.
For Vicari, therefore, the meeting between grandfather and grandson is a bridge between the past and the future, but not only: “I’ve always thought that Orlando and Lysa, although distant in time and space, must have faced the same problem. Orlando comes from the war and had to invent a future, and a country; even Lysa has to invent a future, but with the war in front of her, and not behind her. With their meeting they must both build their own personalities and understand what world they are, it is a meeting that represents the path of understanding that as a European I must follow at all costs”, said Vicari. “I look at Europe and a difficult future but I hope, and if I look back I see Orlando who have made it”.

Orlando’s is for Placidthe singular character of one of the most beautiful screenplays that I have been offered in recent years as an actor. Daniele and I both come from emigration backgrounds, and yesterday arriving in Turin I thought of my aunts who came to work here, of my friend Gino De Serio, who later became an important trade unionist, who sent me letters in which he told me about his life as a worker . This film”, continued Placido, “fulfills an important task, because cinema is not just about making yourself beautiful in front of the camera, but about telling stories full of meaning, those stories of which the history of our cinema is full”.
Not surprisingly, perhaps Vicari dedicated this film of his to Ettore Scola. “It is a sign of deep affection towards a person who in the last ten years of his life has given me a rare friendship”, explained the director. “We met when we founded the Volonté school together, and with others, and from that moment on we often found ourselves reflecting on what was happening to our cinema and the difficulties it was facing. So it was natural to dedicate it to him for these reflections”.

Shot between Brussels and Italy, ORLANDO stars Michele Placido as Orlando and Angelica Kazankova as little Lyse. They are joined, among others, by Fabrizio Rongione, Federico Pacifici, Mpunga Denis and Christelle Cornil. Orlando’s is a modern fairy tale where an old man and a little girl, torn between modernity and the rural world, between having to choose whether to leave or stay, meet and change the trajectory of their lives.
The film is an Italy-Belgium co-production Rosamont with Rai Cinema and Tarantula Belgique, produced by Marica Stocchi and Joseph Rouschop. Written by Daniele Vicari himself with Andrea Cedrola, it has photography by Gherardo Gossi, set design by Igor Gabriel and Beatrice Scarpato, costumes by Francesca and Roberta Vecchi, editing by Benni Atria, music by Teho Teardo.

Orlando: the new film by Daniele Vicari that brings Europe’s past and future together