‘Lives suspended at high altitude’, ‘Black Out’ with Alessandro Preziosi arrives on Rai1

The actor: ”It wasn’t easy spending thirteen weeks in the snow”

‘Black Out: suspended lives’ ”is a story about crossed destinies, a relational mystery that begins immediately with a dramatic event”. To say it is the director of Rai Fiction Maria Pia Ammirati, presenting in the Rai headquarters in viale Mazzini the new Rai1 fiction set at high altitude (in Trentino) ‘Black Out: suspended lives’, a mix of breathtaking scenarios, suspense, feelings and humanity. Protagonist of the tvmovie Alessandro Preziosi in the role of Giovanni Lo Bianco, a financial broker, who grew up in the slums of Naples. Having managed to make his way into the world of finance, he arrives in Vanoi together with his teenage children, Elena and Riccardo, in the hope that a vacation can lighten the burden of the loss of his wife and mother of the boys, who died recently. But the fortuitous discovery of the presence of Claudia (played by Rike Schmid), witness of justice under protection, puts Giovanni in front of a serious dilemma: if he doesn’t want Riccardo and Elena to find out who he really is, and that the castle of lies built around the his career collapses, he just has to kill Claudia. The protagonists of ‘Black out’, customers of a luxurious hotel in the small and exclusive ski resort in the Vanoi Valley, go to Trentino to spend the Christmas holidays in the company of their loved ones. But the earth trembles and the detachment of a massive avalanche isolates the valley and prevents possible rescue from the only pass that connects it with the rest of the world.

“It wasn’t easy – explains Preziosi during the press conference – It was interesting to note how life always gives a second chance. Personally it was one of the most difficult experiences of my career. We stayed for thirteen weeks in a place where there was no “it was nothing and this had never happened to me before”. ‘Black Out’, directed by Riccardo Donna, is a Rai Fiction and Eliseo Entertainment co-production with the participation of Viola Film, in collaboration with the Tentino Film Commission, and is produced by Luca Barbareschi. Out’ ”was an adventure within an adventure – he says – This is the first thing that comes to mind when I think of those weeks in the mountains, spent chasing the snow. ‘Black Out’ is an out of the ordinary series , indispensable le if you are lucky enough to be offered to you. It tells of a group of people who are stranded by a catastrophic event in a mountain valley. Not even help comes to their aid. Over the course of the episodes, the story weaves relationships, loves and disagreements between the characters prisoners of the mountain. And prisoners of the snow!! Alas. Here is the snow”.

”In fact, to talk about this work – continues the director – I can only begin with the complex relationship I had with the key element of the story. The snow indeed. Shooting a film in the mountains in winter isn’t easy, but we were well prepared and ready to overcome the difficulties. Unfortunately you don’t control the snow, sometimes there is, sometimes not, sometimes it’s too much and it reaches your navel and sometimes it’s hot and inexorably melts. In the locations chosen for filming, a few days after the first take, the previously abundant snow had gradually melted and no snow was expected. Days went by and the situation was getting dramatic. What to do? – continues the director – We went to her. In three days we did new inspections, changed plans, locations, in short – concludes Donna – we rethought many things and went where there was… even too much snow. Distant valleys, impervious, virgin, hours away by car or snowmobile, but it is thanks to the courage to make certain choices in those moments, if now ‘Black Out’ is like this”.

“If we want to keep the narration of the country – underlines Barbareschi to Adnkronos, on the sidelines of the press conference to present ‘Black Out’ – we have to make investments: the models are Germany, France and Spain. This year Germany puts 2 7 billion investments in national indigenous fiction, the same in France and the same in Spain It is unlikely that the narrative of a country can continue – he says – unless there is a major project in which Italian screenwriters, Italian actors and Italian directors have such an investment as to ensure that the country can narrate itself with great quality. Rai is the only possibility of narration of the country – he continues – because it has a mission also linked to the culture of the country. If the public service suffered other cuts improbable and irresponsible would mean the end of Italian fiction Many of our fiction are seen all over the world and it is paradoxical that we bow to the Ot t and instead we don’t raise our heads”, concludes Barbareschi.

(by Alisa Toaff)