| The Wholly Family is a short film written and directed
by Terry Gilliam. It was shot in Naples in January 2011, and postproduction
took place in London in Spring 2011. Funding came from Italian
pasta manufacturer Garofalo. The director's team included Nicola
Pecorini (Director of Photography), Mick Audsley (Editor) and
Gabriella Pescucci (Costume Designer) - each has worked with Gilliam
several times before.
The short film was premiered in Rome in May 2011, and was shown
at a number of film festivals around the world throughout the rest
of 2011. It is available free-to-view in Italy at the Garofalo website,
and for those living elsewhere, it is available to view above (through
The Wholly Family won the Best Short Film award at the
European Film Awards in Berlin in December 2011.
Gilliam and Pecorini have both spoken to Dreams about the
project. Links to these articles are below.
Click on the image for more detail
Further features on The Wholly Family within Dreams:
||Terry Gilliam interviewed in April 2011
about The Wholly Family
||Cinematographer Nicola Pecorini writes
about the preparation and technical details of the shoot
||Information on the event - on January
23 2012 - to launch the film
The text below is from the Garafalo press release:
| [Rome, Italy May 24, 2011]
The award-winning movie director Terry Gilliam invites us
to rediscover the magic of Naples - and Italian food traditions
- with his latest short film The Wholly Family,
entirely filmed on location in Italy with a full Italian
cast and produced by Pasta
Garofalo. The Wholly Family will be premiered in
Italy at the end of this month,
before hitting several film festivals around the world.
The Wholly Family will be opening in Italy tomorrow,
on May 25, with a launch event and a national theatre distribution,
followed by participation to international short film festivals
around the world.
This film has been produced by an Italian company:
Garofalo, who produces pasta, said
award-winning director Terry Gilliam, who directed its latest
short film The Wholly Family with an Italian cast
and on location in Naples, Italy. Italy has always
been home to the greatest cinema in the world, but now there
is a big production void. Its good to see how this
can be fixed when private companies choose to adopt traditional
rather than advertising as a channel to communicate their
products. It has been wonderful for me.
The Wholly Family is the story of an American couple
with a 10-year old son, and their
dramatic experience in Naples, Italy - an adventure narrated
by Gilliam through a bundle of love and extreme tension,
powerful emotions such as those only the family relationship
can unfold. The story develops among the popular alleys
of Naples, with all the symbolism and the imagery of the
traditional and popular Naples that Gilliam could read,
decode and reinterprete to the maximum of its contradictions.
The Wholly Family has been shot entirely on location
in Naples, a city that turned out to be more an inspiring
muse than a set to Terry Gilliam. The American-born and
British-naturalized film director, also member of the Monty
Python crew, declared on this regard: Naples is chaos,
and for this I love it. It feels to witness a crazy dance
where everybody seems to know the rules.
A great cast has been selected for The Wholly Family,
led by emerging Italian film actress Cristiana Capotondi,
with Douglas Dean, Nicolas Connolly and Sergio Solli also
co-starring. There are also a few cameos for this Pasta
Garofalo Production: the traditional puppet character of
Punchinello (Pulcinella in Italian) is played by theatre
director Renato De Maria while the puppets repair
shop owner is played by Nico Cirasola.
The Wholly Family will premiere in Italy on May 25,
after which the short film will be
broadcast on Italian TV and screened at selected theatres
across Italy, before heading to film festivals worldwide.
More news about the latest film from Terry Gilliam for Pasta
Garofalo is available online at www.pastagarofalo.it
Some stills and behind-the-scenes pics are below. Click on each
for more detail.