From August 14 the film “Basilicata Coast to Coast” will be screened in various French cinemas. The aim is to make the most of the high promotional potential for Basilicata of a film that Basilicata Region and Total E&P Italia have chosen to support right from the production phase.
The preview took place on Thursday July 25 at the Italian Cultural Institute of Paris to promote the release of the film, a successful advocate of Basilicata in Italy, gathering unanimous approval among the many guests.
The star of the evening was director and actor Rocco Papaleo.
The invited audience included journalists, producers and experts in French cinema, directors, actors, documentary filmmakers and tour operators. In addition to the director of the Cultural Institute, Marina Valenzise, also present was the Italian Ambassador in Paris, Giandomenico Magliano, who confessed to being a real fan of the film, "It’s the third time I’ve seen ‘Basilicata Coast to Coast’”, he said, “and I watch it with great pleasure not just because it’s entertaining, but because we must not overlook the artistic value of a film that promotes Southern Italy in the best possible way, for which we are more than happy to contribute to promoting the film in France".
The event was also attended by a delegation from Total, which is sponsoring the film in France after having already done so in Italy. "It is always an honour,” explained CEO of Total E&P Italia Thierry Normand, “to take part in projects of outstanding quality both on an artistic level and in terms of socio-cultural value, that begin in Basilicata, a region with which Total is closely connected. Normand added, “The arrival in France of ‘Basilicata Coast to Coast’ is further testimony to the cultural affinity between our two countries, and in particular between France and Basilicata".
Also attending were president of Basilicata Tourist Board (APT), Gianpiero Perri, and director of the Lucana Film Commission, Paride Leporace, who were able to answer questions and satisfy curiosity about Basilicata, also illustrating the prospects of generating a film industry in a region where in the past expert directors such as Pasolini and Tornatore have filmed their masterpieces.