Title: Italy in a Day

“Italy in a Day” is the first group documentary shot by Italian people. October 26th is the  shooting day. Fledgeling or aspiring film-makers, who want to take part in this ambitious project, may shoot something personal that portrays Italy in a day.

Several will be the accounts which will describe the multifaceted boot-shaped country in its full beauty and contrasting shades. Each footage will be a tiny piece of the mosaic-documentary that director Gabriele Salvatores (Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film ‘Mediterraneo’ in 1991) will edit into a full feature.

This documentary, produced by Indiana Production and Rai Cinema, will provide a true snap-shot of Italy in a historical period distinguished by change and will be distributed in movie theatres as well as Rai channel. Needless to say that the project is inspired by ‘Life in a Day’ made by Ridley Scott in 2010, successfully emulated by ‘Britain in a Day,’ and ‘Japan in a Day.’

The rules to follow are simple and straightforward: you may use a cellphone in horizontal position or a camera, speaking is allowed but without any additional music or edited sound, the people in the footage must be known directly and can not be strangers; everything must be digital no film footage whatsoever; landscapes can be shot but no logos, and the material has to be authentic, you can not record a pre-existing shooting you kept in cold storage. The footage must be exclusively shot within the day of October 26th and each clip has to be maximum 15 minutes long. Remember to sign the consent form and upload the file by November 17th on the website www.italyinaday.rai.it/.

Now is the time to make history in Italian cinema and reprise the Neorealistic grandeur, through a contemporary form of observational cinema. Be prepared for the upcoming “Italy in a Day.

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By Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi

Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi, is a film critic, culture and foreign affairs reporter, screenwriter, film-maker and visual artist. She studied in a British school in Milan, graduated in Political Sciences, got her Masters in screenwriting and film production and studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York and Los Angeles. Chiara’s “Material Puns” use wordplay to weld the title of the painting with the materials placed on canvas, through an ironic reinterpretation of Pop-Art, Dadaism and Ready Made. She exhibited her artwork in Milan, Rome, Venice, London, Oxford, Paris and Manhattan. Chiara works as a reporter for online, print, radio and television and also as a film festival PR/publicist. As a bi-lingual journalist (English and Italian), who is also fluent in French and Spanish, she is a member of the Foreign Press Association in New York, the Women Film Critics Circle in New York, the Italian Association of Journalists in Milan and the Federation of Film Critics of Europe and the Mediterranean. Chiara is also a Professor of Phenomenology of Contemporary Arts at IED University in Milan.

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