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How I Made It: Profondo (2019)

Leonardo is a fifty-year-old photojournalist. A very reserved man, timid towards his neighbor and now disillusioned with life because of a series of hard failures that have profoundly marked him irreversibly. Moved by very intimate reasons, Leonardo seeks personal redemption. Leonardo wants to realize one last and very important service, the most important of his career and his existence. Arriving in a small seaside village populated almost exclusively by fishermen, Leonardo goes in search of the "Diavolo Rosso" (Red Devil), a legendary marine animal that has inspired local folklore for many years. The animal, real or not, becomes a real obsession for the man as well as the last possibility of redemption towards a life that has never been lived until the end.

87 Mins | Italian | Drama, Adventure, Fantasy | 2019 | Italy

In its persistent mission and zeal to promote good cinema, the Indian Film Institute brings you the experience of the Director of the film - Guiliano Giacomelli

Why this subject matter for your film?

Since childhood, fantastic stories have extremely charmed me, in particular those that had monstrous and gigantic creatures. I grew up with 1933 “King Kong” and with Ishiro Honda “Godzilla” and for me those movies represented the true essence of cinema. Besides monster movies, the other thing that characterized my childhood was some American literature, adventure novels such as “Moby Dick” by Melville or Jack London’s works (“White Fang” and “The Call of the Wild”). I needed to debut with a film that could tell not only what I like but also who I am, in the good and the bad.

Where did you find the story for this film?

Behind “Profondo” there are a lot of suggestions related to what I love the most, movies and novels that inspired me directly or indirectly (I think about “Jaws” by Steven Spielberg or “The Old Man and the Sea” by Hemingway). “Profondo” is still an original screenplay that has its roots in my passion for some adventure novels and for those stories capable of mixing the human and emotional element with the fantastic one. I knew I wanted to bring to life a film for everyone, dedicated in particular to those who, like me, are trying to follow a dream hard to catch. But I needed to create something that could create a dialogue between commercial cinema and auteur cinema.

What were the challenges you faced in making the film?