Virzì returns to Ventotene for ‘Another mid-August’

The filming of the sequel to ‘August Holidays’ starts tomorrow, 27 years after the return to the island of the Molinos and the Mazzalupis

They will start tomorrow, Tuesday 25 April, on the island of Ventotene the filming of ‘Another mid-August’, the new film by Paolo Virzì produced by Lotus Production, a Leone Film Group company with Rai Cinema. Sequel to the acclaimed 1996 ‘Ferie d’Agosto’a cult film that earned Paolo Virzì the David di Donatello for Best Film, ‘Another mid-August’ sees the return to Ventotene of the two families of vacationers, the Molinos and the Mazzalupis.

In the film Silvio Orlando, Sabrina Ferilli, Christian De Sica, Laura Morante, Andrea Carpenzano, Vinicio Marchioni, Anna Ferraioli Ravel. And Gigio Alberti, Agnese Claisse, Paola Tiziana Cruciani, Claudia Della Seta, Emanuela Fanelli, Lorenzo Fantastichini, Liliana Fiorelli, Raffaella Lebboroni, Milena Mancini, Maria Laura Rondanini, Ema Stokholma, Lele Vannoli, Silvio Vannucci and with the friendly participation of Rocco Papaleo. From a story by Paolo Virzì and Carlo Virzì, the screenplay is signed by Francesco Bruni, Carlo Virzì and Paolo Virzì.

‘Another Ferragosto’ will be shot entirely on the island of Ventotene, the historic location of ‘August Holidays’. “Until now – says Paolo Virzì – I had only thought about it as a joke, many times, almost every time I finished a film, ‘Now let’s go back to Ventotene and continue the comedy of those two families’. I wrote new scripts which I then threw away, or set aside. Many things held me back and I had come to the conclusion that I would only return to Ventotene on a trip”.

“Instead – continues the director – this time it’s really happening, who knows why right now, in 2023. I think I’ve guessed the reason, but I want to explore it better during the days and nights of shooting that await us. I confess to being excited, meeting new the characters of that old film amuses me and a little scares me. To regret those who are no longer there – but who will somehow be there – moves me. Reuniting the glorious band of interpreters, mixing it with the formidable new entrances, electrifies me I thank my friends but above all the producers who persuaded me, with heartbreaking stubbornness, to come back here.”

The film will be released in cinemas soon distributed by 01 Distribution.

THE PLOT – On an August evening in 1996, in the house in Ventotene where the journalist Sandro Molino spent his holidays, his partner Cecilia revealed to him that she was pregnant. Today Altiero Molino is a twenty-six-year-old digital entrepreneur and returns to Ventotene with her model husband to gather old friends around his sick father, to give him one last vacation in that place so dear to him. She didn’t expect to find the island buzzing with Sabry Mazzalupi’s wedding to her boyfriend Cesare: the awkward little girl, daughter of the Roman shopkeeper Ruggero, has become a web celebrity and her wedding is a social event that attracts the media and even mysterious emissaries of the new political power.

Two tribes of vacationers, two apparently irreconcilable Italys, destined to meet again on August 15, for a definitive challenge this time.