Arshida, a sunny Iranian girl with a disarming smile, is the little protagonist of "A trip to Rome... it's just the first of many adventures, thanks to research" the short film in video8 by Laura Luchetti (already director, among others, of the series Nudes on RaiPlay, La bella estate with Deva Cassel, based on the book by Cesare Pavese, and of one of the episodes of The Leopard for Netflix) produced by Kino Produzioni with Rai Cinema, made to support the research. The short film airs from 9 to 17 December on the Rai networks and on RaiPlay for 'Let's make them grow up together', the 34th edition of the television marathon for the Telethon Foundation on the Rai networks.
"I met Arshida and his family in Milan (where the little girl, who suffers from Hurler syndrome, has been living since 2019 to follow, thanks to Telethon, an experimental therapy, ed.) and they were talking about a new trip to Rome, where they had been a long time ago when the child was still a newborn - Laura Luchetti explains to ANSA -. So I thought of this tour among little gladiators and animals. I don't think the little girl had ever been to a zoo and it was a magical moment when she saw the white tiger (greeting her with a 'Love!')... We all cried." Shooting "in super8 I wanted to make an emotional logbook". Laura Luchetti has been supporting Telethon "for many years and in my youth," she says, "I worked as a volunteer in centers that housed children with various problems." It was "very exciting to think about what could have been of Arshida's life if he hadn't met Telethon and instead see what it is. This little girl can now run, play and do things like the others and this little short film is just a wish that this will be her first adventure".
A new chapter in a year full of milestones: "I just finished shooting the first chapter of the second season of Nudes, of which I had directed all the episodes in the first season. Now I've left the other two to a very good director, Marco Danieli. It's as good to take as it is to let go." Directing an episode of The Leopard, coming to Netflix in 2024, "was also a wonderful experience. I am a voice in a great choir that is very important and strong, led by a great director like Tom Shankland. I tried to bring my own, as did another director I respect, Giuseppe Capotondi. We're all very excited." ' La bella estate, which premiered at the Locarno Film Festival, on the other hand, was "an adaptation full of love and madness. It is giving us great satisfaction, the film has been sold in almost all of Europe, but also in Australia and New Zealand, it continues to travel and has been on Sky since 7 December". Now "there are two new projects I'm thinking about. One is based on another wonderful book and another is based on an original idea."
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