January 10, 2011

Terry Gilliam's THE WHOLLY FAMILY Filming Locations

*Edit: New updates as of Jan 14, posted below.

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

11 comments:

  1. Well this is WHOLLY different from the Eve Merriam poem theory (I'm still curious where that theory originated). It makes you wonder if Gilliam is just tossing out these contradicting bits to the media just to throw us all off haha.

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  2. jacklint, that sounds like something Gilliam might do.

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  3. I think I remember reading somewhere that Gilliam actually lives in Italy for part of the year or owns a villa there.

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  4. Thanks for breaking the news as always TRGF. I just read at BC that they are filming the rest of the week in Milan. Keep us posted.

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  5. This sounds like it's gonna be a whole lot more interesting than Hallowdega. I mean Gilliam is great with locations and found spaces and he's working with
    Pecorini on it so they'll probably be shooting this in his panoramic style. I'd still like to see him stop with the smaller projects though and make another feature. I don't think Quixote is ever gonna happen, for anyone, ever. It's cursed, not meant to be.

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  6. @rhiplic, Milan????? Huh?

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  7. Anonymous, true, Napoli is southern and coastal; and Milano is inland, northern Italy. But maybe one can pass for the other? If he is using Milano to represent Napoli, I would think no identifiable landmarks will be used. I assumed an update from BC would be forthcoming when I posted this last night and BC has direct contact with Gilliam, I think, so there's no reason to doubt their reporting at this juncture :)

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  8. I know. Maybe my comment was a little overdramatic haha but seriously, if the film is supposed to be showcasing Naples then why would it be filmed in Milan. Outsiders might not know the difference but the people of Naples would. Right?

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  9. I've only ever been to Marche Regione, Anon, so I really couldn't tell you :)

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  10. Just a few updates...
    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.

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  11. Thanks for the update, Anon :)

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