Passione U.S. Theatrical Premiere Announced
This wild, colorful, sexy ode to the music and people of Naples, was "rapturously received" (Variety) and interrupted by "spontaneous outbreaks of applause" (Sight + Sound Magazine) in Italy, where it played for more than four months (its soundtrack on the charts for five).
A brilliant actor in film, theater, and television, Turturro is also the director of three features (including the hilarious, irreverent ROMANCE & CIGARETTES, which premiered in 2007 at Film Forum) and a man whose talents are fueled by an unquenchable zest for life.
He describes his new film as "a musical adventure that comes directly out of the people and the volcanic land they inhabit. Conjuring ancient stories and myths that still live — of love, sex, jealousy, and social protest — each song is a small screenplay, an emotional postcard. I tried to see if I could understand in a small way, a little bit of the soul of the city, while at the same time killing clichés about it. There are places you go and once is enough. Then, there's Napoli."
PASSIONE will have a 2-week engagement, June 22 — July 5, at Film Forum, West Houston Street (West of 6th Avenue), with screenings daily at 1:00, 2:50, 4:40, 6:30, 8:20 and 10:10
PASSIONE (2010, 90 mins.) Director: John Turturro. Subject and screenplay: John Turturro and Federico Vacalebre. Based on an idea by Carlo Macchitella. Live sound: Antonio Barba. Editor: Simona Paggi. Costume Designer: Alessandra Gaudioso. Director of Photography: Marco Pontecorvo. Produced by Alessandra Acciai, Carlo Macchitella and Giorgio Magliulo. A coproduction of Skydancers and Squeezed Heart Production.