Venice: Mario Martone on Power of Performing in a Bad Hood for ‘The Mayor of Rione Sanità’

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Venice: Mario Martone on Power of Performing in a Bad Hood for ‘The Mayor of Rione Sanità’
Versatile Italian director Mario Martone was in the Venice competition last year with costumer “Capri-Revolution.” This year he made the Lido competition cut again with a very different type of film, a screen adaptation of a controversial piece by Neapolitan playwright Eduardo De Filippo about a local mob boss who has moral fibre. He spoke to Variety about the crime-ridden neighborhood theatre from where the project sprung forth.

How did this movie germinate?

While I was preparing “Capri-Revolution,” a new chapter sort of opened up for me. I had done the Edoardo De Filippo piece, which the film draws upon, in the [national] theatre. And then I started working on my next movie which will be about Edoardo De Filippo’s father, Edoardo Scarpetta…who will be played by Toni Servillo. What happened is that a group of local actors who work on the outskirts of Naples, an area that brings to mind “Gomorrah,
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