The Italian Embassy Cultural Centre invites you to the screening of MEDICI (episodes 1-2), created by Frank Spotnitz & Nicholas Meyer followed by a short film “Being Leonardo Da Vinci, an impossible interview” by Massimiliano Finazzer Floris. The series and short movie is subtitled in English and will be screened on Wednesday, 17 April 2019 @ 7:00 p.m. at The Italian Embassy Cultural Centre.
Masters of Florence is the first season of the Italian-British television drama series Medici about the Medici dynasty set in 15th-century Florence, starring Dustin Hoffman as Giovanni di Bicci de’ Medici, Richard Madden as Cosimo de’ Medici, and Stuart Martin as Lorenzo de’ Medici. The series was co-created by Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files and The Man in the High Castle) and Nicholas Meyer (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan). Sergio Mimica-Gezzan (The Pillars of the Earth) directed all eight episodes. According to Italian ratings compiler Auditel, it attracted a record 7.6 million viewers.
Plot: The series is set in the 15th-century Florence, and the protagonist is Cosimo the Elder, who was elected head of the Florentine Republic in 1434. Cosimo has inherited the Bank of Medici from his father Giovanni, who has been mysteriously poisoned. Through various flashbacks (20 years prior), we are introduced to Florence at the time of Giovanni, and to his relationship with his sons Cosimo and Lorenzo.
Created by: Frank Spotnitz and Nicholas Meyer
Running Time (episode 1-2): 108 mins
Awards: Winner of the 2016 Capri TV Series Award.
SHORT FILM: BEING LEONARDO DA VINCI
Based on the homonymous show of success, this film is dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the universal genius’ death, and holds together the linguistic originality through the Renaissance language and the technological quality of our time.
“Being Leonardo” was produced in 2019 in Italy in collaboration with RAI Cinema. Massimiliano Finazzer Flory wrote the original screenplay by using original texts by Leonardo da Vinci. The film was awarded in the USA as Winner Best Actor for the Los Angeles Actors Awards 2019; Winner Honorable Mention: Narrative Film – for the Los Angeles Film Awards 2019 and Winner Best Narrative Feature for the Festive International Film Festival 2019 Los Angeles.
Synopsis: Two journalists, from New York and Milan, unaware of each other, are looking for a scoop for the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death. They see works of art and pass thorough the places of the Genius between landscapes and mysterious encounters. In Florence, during a show in costume among friars, tourists and flag-wavers, unexpected traces surface. A document to find out who Leonardo the man was through a scientific examination is then discovered in Milan. The two journalists later arrive at his final resting place in Clos Lucé where they indeed meet Leonardo. The interview is granted. The words of the Genius are authentic, in Renaissance language. In the end, Leonardo escapes and returns to Vigevano, unveiling himself to the most important figures of his time.
Director: Massimiliano Finazzer Flory
Running Time: 24 Minutes
Cast: Jacopo Rampini, Massimiliano Finazzer Flory, Gianni Quillico
Genres: Drama | History | Mystery | Sci-Fi
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