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It hasn’t rained in Rome for three years, the Tiber gasps and cockroaches run around the city. Droughtthe director’s apocalyptic work Paolo Virzì presented out of competition at the Venice Film Festival 2022 (GO TO THE SPECIAL) and in the hall from September 29, explores the aridity of the capital and a chorus of characters dried up in humanity. “It is a profound, dramatic, but also ironic story, a bit like life” he explains in the interview with Denise Negri Monica Bellucciwho plays an immortal film diva in the film, despite the imminent end of the world.
Venice 79, Drought, the apocalypse in Rome according to Paolo Virzì
For the second collaboration with the director from Livorno (the first with N (Napoleon and I)in 2006), the actress joins an extraordinary cast, which includes Silvio Orlando, Valerio Mastandrea, Claudia Pandolfi And Vinicio Marchioni. Virzì has in fact created a large inlaid mosaic of apparently distant human events, but in reality linked to each other: “From the terrace of the film star overlooking Castel Sant’Angelo to the most degraded suburbs, from television studios to bourgeois, proletarian and aristocratic apartments , the city is the stage for a great and desperate collective dance ”explains the director.
Drought, the trailer and the photos of the film by Paolo Virzì
Even in the apocalypse, however, hope survives: “Without hope there is no more life. There is hope in the film, even if under the parody we tell a very difficult and cynical reality ”explains Bellucci. “Telling is an act of hope and trust, even if it were just a fairy tale to a child” continues Virzì, who chose to present the work in the large cinema of the Lido, giving up streaming platforms and betting instead on the desire of the audience to turn the page and go back together to watch movies.