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Scola to direct ode to Fellini

The Italian director Ettore Scola, known for films such as A Special Day and We All Loved Each Other So Much, has come out of retirement at the age of 82 to direct a film about fellow Italian filmmaker (and friend) Federico Fellini.

Earlier this week at a press conference Scola unveiled that the new film, entitled Che Strano Chiamarsi Federico! (How Strange to be Called Federico!) will be released this autumn, paying a fitting tribute to mark the 20th anniversary of Fellini’s death.

Scola said the feature will be combining original archive footage with re-enactments. ”This production isn’t like any of my previous work. I decided to do it because it’s neither a film nor a documentary.”

Speaking at the studios, the director said that the film is still very much a work in progress. “I don’t know how the final movie is going to be like, but it’s full of feelings, emotions, and will portray our debt and devotion to Federico.”

Currently the project is in the post-production stage at the Cinecitta film studios in Rome.

The small budget production (said to have cost £2m) is a joint venture between production company Papermoon, producer Palomar, government-backed Istituto Luce-Cinecitta, Rai Cinema and Cinecitta Studios.



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