Rollercoaster Love

Certain stories are damn true and love is damn unstable: suddenly it brings you up and then it throws you down at the same speed, slamming you around, makes you want to screa, shaking your stomach... However, you want to try again. Like those tangles of iron, bolts and rails that we call roller coasters, for which we go along sometimes mileage queues. The parallelism between schizophrenia of love and iconic attractions from amusement parks is quite obvious: Rollercoaster Love is about that and the seemingly endless queue crossed by David, yet tried by his "last ride", before returning up on a roller coaster ride.

  • Emanuele Valla
    Director
    Dreaming Alaska, Nobody Knows (Short)
  • Dario D'Ambrosio
    Writer
    Dreaming Alaska, Nobody Knows (Short)
  • Emanuele Valla
    Writer
  • Emanuele Valla
    Producer
    Dreaming Alaska, Nobody Knows (Short)
  • Dario D'Ambrosio
    Producer
    Dreaming Alaska, Nobody Knows (Short)
  • Renato Valla
    Producer
    Dreaming Alaska
  • Francesca Ori
    Producer
    Dreaming Alaska
  • Lucia Ferrarini
    Producer
  • Aldo Blanes
    Producer
  • Fausto Medaglia
    Producer
  • Beatrice Fontana
    Producer
  • Fulvia Rocchi
    Producer
  • Elisa Bocchia
    Producer
  • Luca Nucera
    Key Cast
    Compagnia Stabile TeatroDue Parma (Theater)
  • Tania Tuccinardi
    Key Cast
    Dreaming Alaska, Giulietta e Romeo (Theater Opera), Spring Awakening (Musical Theater), Notre Dame De Paris (Musical Theater)
  • Elena Curti
    Key Cast
  • Dario D'Ambrosio
    Key Cast
    Dreaming Alaska, Nobody Knows (Short)
  • Francesco Antimiani
    Key Cast
    Giulietta e Romeo (Theater Opera), Notre Dame De Paris (Musical Theater)
  • Giorgio Pellegrini
    Key Cast
    Medusa Opera Rock (Theater)
  • Chiara Militerno
    Key Cast
    Dreaming Alaska
  • Erica Sani
    Key Cast
  • Elia Galeotti
    Key Cast
  • Daniele Bertani
    Key Cast
  • Davide Pessina
    Key Cast
  • Jo Sassi
    Key Cast
    Dreaming Alaska
  • Gian Marco Schiaretti
    Key Cast
    Dreaming Alaska, Disney Musical's Tarzan (Theater, Germany)
  • Giacomo Pelizzoni
    Key Cast
    Dreaming Alaska
  • Mattia Tagliavini
    Key Cast
    Dreaming Alaska
  • Veronica Mattei
    Key Cast
  • Stella Piroli
    Key Cast
  • Achille Maini
    Key Cast
    Dreaming Alaska
  • Claudio Coloretti
    Cinematography
    Dreaming Alaska, Theater Light Designing
  • Darlo Diamgosla
    Cinematography
  • Emanuele Valla
    Editor
    Dreaming Alaska, Nobody Knows (Short)
  • Maria Valeria Bruni
    Costume Designer
    Dreaming Alaska
  • Beatrice Tassinari
    Location Manager
  • Alberto Cortesi
    Sound Recordist
  • Achille Maini
    Assistant Director
  • Giacomo Baiocchi
    Line Producer
  • Elisa Bocchia
    Production Assistant
  • Earthist
    Songs by
    Dreaming Alaska
  • Joshua W. Scott
    Songs by
    Dreaming Alaska
  • Vito Lafiandra
    Songs by
    Dreaming Alaska
  • Elisa Bocchia
    Songs by
  • Federico Ronchini
    Original Score by
  • Mattia Tagliavini
    Production Designer
  • CHD Animation
    Opening Titles (Animated)
    Bruno Libero (Animated Short)
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Rollercoaster Love
  • Project Type:
    Feature
  • Genres:
    Comedy, Romance
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 36 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    December 27, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Italy
  • Country of Filming:
    Italy
  • Language:
    Italian
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital AVCHD 1080i
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • The Space Parma Campus, Official Premiere
    Parma
    Italy
    March 21, 2016
    World Premiere
  • Felino, Cinema Teatro Comunale
    Felino (Parma)
    Italy
    May 5, 2016
  • Felino, Cinema Teatro Comunale
    Felino (Parma)
    Italy
    May 6, 2016
  • Under The Stars: Villa Caumont Caimi
    Felino (Parma)
    Italy
    June 24, 2016
  • Under The Stars: Monchio Delle Corti
    Monchi Delle Corti (Parma)
    Italy
    July 9, 2016
  • Inventa Un Film - Festival
    Lenola (Latina)
    Italy
    August 12, 2016
    Festival Premiere
    Oro Invisibile (Invisible Gold)
Director Biography - Emanuele Valla

Born in Parma on 4th April 1983 he obtained a diploma in Directing and Movie
Production at Accademia Nazionale Arti Cinematografche (Bologna) in March
2004. He performed with his own theater company, ArtistiSenzaNome (he is
director and president) a new version of the musical
Hairspray”. He also
written an exclusive italian adaptation of the lyrics and the book. He has been

part of the ensemble and recently he also starred in the role of Corny Collins.
The show premiered on 24th october 2009 at Palacassa in Parma, where for the
frst time a company of young people had an audience of two thousands.
“ArtistiSenzaNome” was born in 2003, with the goal to put on musical shows to
enhance artistic values of boys and girls of provence, with this motto: “give fun
having fun”. Always in 2010 he realizes
Running Down a Dream”, a full lenght
documentary feature with an intensive backstage look at the long and difcult

road walked by his company in the year making Hairspray.
That same year with musicians Gianluca Faccini and Rita Terenziani he gave
birth to
Gocce Di Memoria” (“Drops of Memory”), a concert-show dedicated to
“
the Holocaust Memorial, a production by Legenda Musica, cultural association
with whom collaborates for several years as a teacher in the course “First Steps
in Musical”. Recently he signed the video directing of
Multas Per Gentes”,
short by the Comprehensive Institute in Felino PR (directed by Lucia Perego and

Valeria Fochi) awarded with a Special Jury Prize at the contest
Migrantes
Parmenses” created by Fondazione Cariparma. In 2008 he directed the short

C'era Un Ragazzo... Un Partigiano”, narrating the story of the Resistance
fghter Renato Lori (original theatre version directed by Valeria Fochi). The short
is classifed second at the contest
Parma Incontra il Suo Territorio”, created by
“
Fondazione Cariparma. Valla is enlisted at the contest with also another short
by Comprehensive Institute Guatelli in Collecchio PR, called “E Un Eroe Scese
Dal Cielo”, that he wrote and directed, based on the story of the WWII survivor
Fernando Azzali. From summer 2006 to spring 2008, with ArtistiSenzaNome, he
directed and starred in the musical “Joseph” by A.L. Webber and T. Rice. Since
when he was nine Valla realized home-made movie short with his friends and
since ten years he works in private as video editor for companies and privates.
His inexhaustible passion for movie making bring him to write and direct in
2002 the movie
James Blond”, an ironic comedy that smiles at action movies.

He worked as an assistant to directing for the Mediaset fction “La Figlia di
Elisa: Ritorno a Rivombrosa” for the shooting of scenes in Varano Melegari,
Parma. In 2012 he premiered his first full lenght feature, the comedy Dreaming Alaska, a road movie about life and dreams left for too long in a drawer, written by long time friend and collaborator Dario D'Ambrosio. A “zero
budget” operation that attracted various artists of different genres and won eight international awards and is distributed for the home video by Shami Media. Dreaming Alaska also features
"Life In a Box", an original song with english lyrics by Valla and co-composed with Vito Lafiandra.

His most recent work is "Nobody Knows", 2014, a musical short against bullying, shot with the medium school of Quattro Castella (Reggio Emilia) and won 9 Italian Film Festivals for Schools.

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Director Statement

A new thrilling project, torn from real life, left to mature in a drawer for twelve years, under form of a short film who never found its essence. But me and my trusted screenwriter friend Dario believe a lot in what life proposes to us, without any filter. It’s always something worth to be lived and savoured, even several years after. In a certain way, this will to take off the dust from Rollercoaster Love was already, autobiographically, in Dreaming Alaska, in form of a theater play, followed for years by my character, Thomas Gutiérrez. Since a couple of years I have this musical playlist which I always updatea, right for ths project... a couple of early trailers showed to the audience before the premiere screening of our beloved “James Blond”. I even made two different teaser posters before the one appearing in "Dreaming", starring two different girls who differently colored my life! But it was the "frontal crash" with a third girl, a very brutal crash, who generated in me the desire to make this bad chapter useful to tell about the ups and downs when our heart is beating faster. I instinctively wrote down a script for a short. But that wasn’t the right moment to shoot it.

It was the huge human interaction felt working on
our first feature film to transmit us the right
vibrations, to let us meet the right people and
getting those signs we were waiting for what to
do next. We took the upper picture on October 7th,
2012 in Kentucky. We found a huge abandoned
wooden rollercoaster, down the road to Otter
Creek Park, while we were on a quest to find the
legendary wall of the movie Elizabethtown, right
after the screening of Dreaming Alaska at the
Louisville International Festival of Film.
We turned off the car because, looking to each
other, once again, we understood that destiny was
smiling upon us. If you could see what we came out
with for taking this picture (we did not call it "selfie"
at that time in Italy). From that moment on,
we conserved this shot, swearing to ourselves
that this would have been the picture for the first
post ever on the Rollercoaster Love Facebook page.
So, here we are, a couple of years later, with the same flame
burning and a new goal to illuminate our dreams with eyes to the stars and feet on the ground.