The Immortals

  • Anne-Riitta Ciccone
    Il Prossimo tuo / I'M endless like the space
  • Anne-Riitta Ciccone
    Il Prossimo tuo / I'M endless like the space
  • Simone Gattoni
  • Francesco Torelli
    I magi randagi
  • David Coco
    Key Cast
    Il delitto Mattarella
  • Gelsomina Pascucci
    Key Cast
  • Pirjo Lonka
    Key Cast
    Mieheni vaimo
  • Leone Orfeo
  • Andrea Sorrentino
    Costume design
  • Guido Spizzico
  • Lorenzo d'Amico De Carvalho
  • Marinella Perrotta
    Set design
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Gli Immortali
  • Runtime:
    2 hours 8 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    April 11, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    1,500,000 EUR
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  • 18° Festa del Cinema di Roma
    Rome, Italy
    October 26, 2023
    World Première
Distribution Information
  • Vision Distribution S.p.A.
    Country: Italy
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Anne-Riitta Ciccone

Born in Helsinki, Anne-Riitta Ciccone is a Finnish-Sicilian Film Director and Writer. Graduated in Philosophy, during high school the University years she carried out a long apprenticeship in Theater, Contemporary Dance events and Cinema, and she debuted as Film Director in 2000 with "Le Sciamane”. "L'amore di Màrja" released in 2004, was the first independent-movie box office of the year and won numerous awards including the Italian Golden Globe of the Foreign Press as “Outstandig Film”; “Il Prossimo tuo” released in 2009 was selected at “Rome Film Festival”. In 2010 she made the first Italian live action 3D short film, "Victims", also selected at “Rome Film Festival”, and also for the European Prize "Mèlies d'or" for the best fantasy short film. She made the first feature-length film in 3D live action directed by a woman, "I'M endless like the space", selected as Special Event during "Venice Days" at the 2017 Venice Film Festival, acclaimed by the Press, she also won the "Best Director" Award at “Festival dei due mondi” in Spoleto. "I'M infinita come lo spazio" is also a novel which Anne-Riitta wrote as a spin-off. The novel was selected for “Premio Strega” Award in 2018. Over the years, she has worked also as a screenwriter for Feature films and wrote several Award winner theatre plays, staged in Italy and in Portugal and she work also as Script Doctor for screenplays and as Professor of Filmaking and Direction of Actors at RUFA (Rome University of fine Arts).

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Director Statement

This is a film I was supposed to make many years ago but at the last moment to change project, because this is a true story, a promise I made, a story that deals with such an universal theme that I needed to detach myself as much as possible from the truth, to make it plausible. Time, the obsession with the passing of time and our impotence as humans in front of this reality is the theme, to face the idea that the greatest fear that accompanied me as a child was occurring, the challenge. I am happy to have waited to make Gli Immortali because in the meantime I have explored and taken courage in consolidating an honest research: cinéma-veritè and realism have never been the style that most reflects my vision of the world, as a director but also as an audience.
Today those paths are walked down excellently by most, and audiovisual offers many languages, so the time was right: I had to make this film, this true story, with the language and the vision that are my way of seeing the world, for those who, like me, prefer the representation of reality, not its imitation. So I wanted to make this dramatic story as a Greek tragedy – the story of Chiara and that of Pentheus actually mirror each other with accelerating frenzy while they both desperately try to save themselves from what they live as a divine punishment of which they feel guilty – but I wanted to make it with a sci-fi style and rhythm, with the great complicity of my collaborators.
We recreated visually, but also with sound and music, that space where our subconscious stages our dreams, our nightmares. I wanted the protagonist to move as we move in our dream world, where we try to figure out what happened when we have to process seemingly unsolvable feelings. I wrote the story and then built it visually working on archetypes to which I hope anyone can relate, this my personal and universal Requiem for a whole category of people, I wanted to structure it risking almost a new genre, the mixture with dance theater, with the performance Chiara is working on as a light designer, and whose story ends up breaking into her life, as if the text was speaking about her, as it basically speaks about us. Truth is that the myth seems to say that among humans and gods, the gods always win, but do humans really lose? Because it is well known why, in the end, gods envy us.