Hello, dear readers. As promised, I have kept my ear to the ground for new information from Italian sources regarding Terry Gilliam's up-coming short, THE WHOLLY FAMILY. Granted, my translation skills are scant at best, but here's what I got so far. So let's throw this proverbial pasta against the wall and see what sticks, shall we?
According to an Italian newspaper owned by RCS MediaGroup, Gilliam will "tour" the hall of the refectory of ex Asilo Filangieri, the Campi Flegrei (Phlegraean Fields) and Naples historic city center. Whether that signifies filming locations is yet unknown. According to another source, Gilliam was spotted walking along Via San Gregorio Armeno, also in the heart of the city center, a few weeks prior to Christmas.
The plot thickens: Through two American tourists traveling with their 10 year old son through Antro della Sibilla or "Sibyl's Cave" (the legendary gateway to the Underworld in Virgil's The Aeneid and now part of the Cumae Archaeological Site), THE WHOLLY FAMILY aims to give a visionary glimpse of the city in this 15-minute short which is said to be screening during the 4th edition of Universal Forum of Cultures being held in 2013 in Naples. (Though that seems a long way off).
The 4th Forum, to be held April 10th to July 21st, 2013, will focus on "Memory of the Future" which will structure the themes that define the Universal Forum of Cultures: Cultural Diversity, Sustainable Development, Knowledge and Conditions for Peace. Whether or not this will be the first screening of the short is also still yet unknown.
Bestmovie.it is reporting that the cast for Terry Gilliam's THE WHOLLY FAMILY will include Cristiana Capotondi, Nicolas Connolly, Douglas Dean and Sergio Solli. The short film is sponsored by Garofalo Pasta with the support of the Region of Campania Film Commission. "The Wholly Family" is a working title.
*Update from Anonymous commenter on January 14th:
"The couple in the film are NOT American. The father is English and the mother is Italian, and is being played by Cristiana Capotondi. The film is set in Naples and being filmed in the area."
Antro della Sibilla image: Armando Mancini