Italian actress and director Valeria Golino (“The Morning Show” and “Miele”) is set to make her debut as a television series director with “The Art of Joy,” a women-empowered drama set in early 20th century Sicily and produced by Sky Studios.
Golino’s upscale streak about a young Sicilian woman named Modesta, born into a poor family in the early 1900s driven by a strong belief that she is destined for a better life, was announced during a Sky Italia show in Rome as the pay-TV company unveiled its upcoming collection of… 60 Italian Originals – Series and Movies – for 2022, most of which have already been announced.
The highlight of the presentation, which was first revealed, is The Art of Joy, which is based on the epic and highly feminist novel by the late Italian author and actress Giuliarda Sapienza.
“Art of Joy” has long been a passion project for Golino, who was very young when she went to Hollywood and starred in films like Rain Man and then returned to Italy as a first-class actress. She made her directorial debut with “Miele”, which won acclaim in 2013 in Cannes. She returned to Croisette as a helmet in 2018 with the song Euphoria. This year, Julino presided over the jury of Cannes Un Certain Regard.
In the presentation, Giulino recounted that she met the author of “The Art of Joy” when she was 18, which is when Sapienza was writing the book, which was published posthumously.
Giulino noted that it “became a cult novel in Italy, but also in France and was translated into many other languages.” [including English]She praised Skye for riding what she called a “racy story.”
Shooting is set to begin this year in Sicily around Golino’s “Art of Joy” with a team consisting of Francesca Marciano (“Miele”), Valia Santella (“The Traitor”), Luca Infascelli (“Catholic School”) and Stefano Sardo. (“1994”). Casting is still being determined.
Other highlights of the Sky Show featured Nils Hartmann, Executive Vice President of Sky Studios Germany and Italy, and Antonella d’Errico, Executive Vice President of Sky Italia Programs, included great first-look shots of the upcoming Spaghetti Western series “Django” starring Noomi Rapace and Nicholas Pinnock and Matthias Schoenaerts, described by directors Francesca Comincini as “a universal story with a narrative that celebrates diversity and minorities”; Immigration-inspired wisp of Oliver Hirschbiegel’s “Unwanted” (“Falling”) about a cruise ship full of tourists rescuing a group of refugees from the sea; and “The Hanging Sun,” an adaptation of Jo Nesbo directed by Francesco Carusini and starring Peter Mullan, Charles Dance, Jessica Brown Findlay and Alessandro Borghi.
A Sky doc outside of Italy, Sergio Leone is a portrait of the famous director known for his “Three Dollars” of Spaghetti Westerns and also for his recent masterpiece Once Upon a Time in America. The Leone Doc is directed by Francesco Zippel (“Friedkin Uncut”) and will feature interviews with Clint Eastwood, Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino.
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