Looking back at one of my favorite film festival experiences, I remember the 2008 Rome Film Festival and the film I enjoyed the most- the sleeper hit of the festival, a small film made by young director, Toni D'Angelo, called Una notte. The story follows five Neapolitan friends reunited after a tragic accident takes the life of another belonging to the group. It's a beautiful, character-driven story that focuses on these successful and not so successful adults who look back on their lives and choices.
I talked with one of the stars of Una notte, Luigi Iacuzio. He was born in Rome, and grew up in Naples. He knew at a very young age that he wanted to have a career in the performing arts. Now in his early 40’s, he is a classically trained actor with a wide-range of training in theater, dance, singing and acting for film. He has studied his art in schools all over Italy including the University of Calabria, Teatro Bellini in Naples and Centro Internazionale di Danza in Cosenza. When you see him perform, it is obvious that he's had much diversity in his training. In "Una notte," Iacuzio plays the part of a jazz vocalist who performs in a small club in Naples. The role brought together his talent as a singer, songwriter and dramatic actor. After the screening of Una notte at the Casa del Cinema in Rome, Luigi Iacuzio sat down with me, and we talked about his career, his love for American cinema and how being raised in Naples is an asset to his acting.
Iacuzio's latest film, Terra was just shown at the Pesara International Film Festival. Directed by Marco De Angelis and Antonio Di Trapani, the atmospheric film explores the mysterious forces and energies of the earth and how they influence us. Check out the trailer..
His next film is currently in post-production. Shot in Los Angeles and directed by Valerio Esposito, Calico Skies stars American actor, Tom Sizemore and is slated for a 2016 release. The IMDB summary describes Calico Skies as set in the Mojave Desert, a "prison" without borders and without walls where Phoenix (Tom Sizemore) was isolated living in a house far away as possible from the rest of the world. All day Phoenix digs holes in the middle of nowhere, and then bury objects. The only contact with the company that Phoenix has is his postman. Then one day, instead of the usual delivery man comes the beautiful Ariel (Christina Bennett Lind) and the life of Phoenix derailed by routine, bringing in a number of consequences which will be impossible to get out." We’ll keep you updated when the release date gets closer. For more information on Luigi Iacuzio- visit him online.