Your upcoming movie Clara - in a few words, what's it going
to be about?
Clara is an horror feature film now in pre production,
produced by Moonlight Legacy
Films and Urca
TV, and is directed by Francesco Longo. Inspired by the Villa Clara legend, a story about an old
haunted Italian manor.
As you just mentioned, Clara is
based on an actual legend - so how did that legend catch your eye in the
first place, how much research went into it, and how true do you remain to
your source material?
In Bologna (Italy), there is a
legend that revolves around an old manor: Villa Clara. Here the people say
that there is the ghost of a child: Clara.
This house seems to be wrapped in a halo of mystery. In the
nineteenth century, Clara, the younger of the Ludovisi (not original name)
family because of her clairvoyance powers, was killed and walled inside
the palace by her father, who believed that such faculties were the work
of the devil. It is said that violence and brutality still exist today in
those places and that Clara's spirit continues to wander through the walls
of the dwelling.
Other sources of inspirations when
Other source are of course
other Italian ghost stories and many tales of Edgar Allan Poe and Stephen
What can you tell us
about the movie's approach to horror?
Clara is a ghost story with some bloody scenes and .....I don't want to say more.
That would be spoilers! (laughs)
Do talk about Clara's
intended overall look and feel?
The movie will be very atmospheric. We are working to create very dark,
gothic photography. We are
searching now the main location. Maybe it will be the true manor.... I
You are also
writing the musical score for Clara together with Aurora
Rochez - so anything you can tell us about the "sound" of your
movie yet? And what can you tell us about your overall experience scoring
The movie score will be composed by me and Aurora.
She's a great musician, making great atmospheric and suspense horror scores. She also
won many awards for the score of the upcoming horror movie
The Wicked Gift by Roberto D'Antona. It will be very exciting to work with
this talented artist.
Anything you can tell us about Clara's
intended cast yet?
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Clara's cast is very intersting, a
lot of talented actors of Italian independent cinema:
Veronika Urban (Suspiria [remake], Claustrophobia,
Roberto D'Antona (The Reaping, The Wicked Gift, Haunted) , Michael Segal
(In Articulo Mortis, The Reaping, The Wicked Gift) [Michael
Segal interview - click here], Annamaria Lorusso (The
Reaping, The Wicked Gift), David White (The Reaping, The Wicked
My Little Sister), Orfeo Orlando (L'uomo che verrà, Zoolander
Elli (Nyctophobia, Clara
teaser trailer), Mirko Giacchetti (The Reaping, The Wicked Gift), Giuseppe La
Clara teaser trailer), Roberto Ramon (Skizophrenia, Nyctophobia,
L'Ispettore Coliandro), Eugenio Giordano Orsini (first time acting), Laura Spimpolo, Giulia Rocambole (first time
acting), Caterina Cioli Puviani, Giada Cameriere, Andrea Monari.
As far as I know, Clara
is still in pre-production as we speak - so at what stage is the movie
presently, and what's the schedule?
Now we are
searching for locations and sponsors. After that we're going to write the
screenplay (the story is already written). We start shooting it at the
Even if it's waaay
to early to ask, any idea when and where the film might be released,
The movie will be shot in English
language. We'll try to distribute it outside of Italy, and we hope in the
USA as well. We're looking for distributors to sell the movie when it is finished.
Any future projects beyond Clara?
we are fully immersed with this project. But sure we will be produce
another horror after Clara.
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