No sensational promotions, minimal marketing, a lot of word of mouth: this is how Black Parthenope has become, in the current asphyxiated panorama of cinema, a small top ten case. The film, an independent Italian production, has been steadily on the charts since Sunday. Horror filmed almost entirely in Underground Naples, with 3,000 years of history, the largest in the world, and incredible locations, is registering an unexpected welcome not only in Naples but throughout Italy. Directed by Alessandro Giglio, it is a first work with an aesthetic impact conditioned by the shooting locations. 100% independent film from production to distribution to exercise, it was produced and distributed by Nicola Grispello’s Volcano Pictures. Protagonists Jenna Thiam, Giovanni Esposito, Nicola Nocella, Marta Gastini, Gianluca di Gennaro, Maziar Firouzi.
In the film, Cécile Bonnet is the heiress of a family of French entrepreneurs. The young woman must open the construction sites for the construction of a series of mega-parking lots in the tuff quarries of Antonio, a descendant of a wealthy Neapolitan family. To help Cécile, the designer Yanis, Greta, rampant assistant of his father, Gianni Di Marino, the technical manager. Once they descended into the bowels of the city, they will confront Gennaro, who, knowing every meander and every secret of underground Naples, warns the “profaners”. Among violent deaths, ancient vestiges, cults and superstitions such as those of the Monaciello already relaunched by Sorrentino’s E ‘was the hand of God, Cécile will make a journey to save her life and find a way out of that surreal place.
Alessandro Giglio says: “In the horror style I used places to create shadows, which chase and awaken fears and demons in the characters, who find themselves escaping even from themselves. The aesthetic impact of the film is extremely conditioned by the location, which with its cramped spaces, followed by sudden openings, it creates strong contrasts. This film was an incredible effort for the actors and crew: they underwent grueling efforts, in places where there was no air. I think the memory of all these people, who have helped me so much to make my first film, will accompany me throughout my life. ” Another curiosity concerns Black Parthenope’s interest abroad. Says the producer Grispello: “It is a genre film, which meets its own audience; it is a film really shot underground, without scenographic fictions or visual artifices; it is a film that has had a series of locations available that have never been used before, some of which have never been seen before; it is recited in English and is facing the international market. The intent is to provide, through the key of entertainment, an original but at the same time complete vision of the Underground Naples that still today enchants thousands of visitors to the city. The starting point of the narration comes from the desire to rediscover the great popular memory of that geographical area, thanks to the legends that have arisen in that context. First of all, the mythical story of Monaciello “. Among the places affected by the filming: the Greek city, the Roman theater of Nero, the millenary aqueduct, with the gigantic cisterns and wells, the Paleolithic and Greek necropolises, the Angevin and Spanish testimonies, the Bourbon military tunnels, the underground river, the tuff quarries, the shelters of the Second World War.
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