The actor is the protagonist of this tense nocturnal noir set in Milan, written and directed by Andrea di Stefano, which arrives in Italian cinemas on March 9 with Vision Distribution. Here’s what Favino said at the Berlinale, where Love’s Last Night was presented out of competition.
Andrew DiStefanodirector and screenwriter of the film, said he wrote The Last Night of Love having in the head Pierfrancesco Favino as protagonist. “And luckily he agreed, otherwise I would have been ruined,” she said when we met him at the Berlinalewhere the film had its world premiere.
A Berlin there was also Field bean, Obviously. A Field bean who, after having devoted himself to an issue that is very close to his heart and which concerns respect for Italian cinema, obviously also spoke of the film in which he plays the role of a policeman who, on the night that should precede his retirement, remains involved in a matter that could cost him his career and life when a job accepted to supplement turns into a real nightmare.
As the title suggests, The Last Night of Love sees Favino engaged in a real fight against time to emerge unscathed, and alive, from the ugly mess he has gotten himself into, and who recounts a reality often kept silent like that of our many public security agents, policemen or carabinieri who are , engaged in a double job to make ends meet. Social issues aside, that of of Stefano is a proudly genre film, a noir in which, according to Favino: “one takes very good pictures of what a policeman is who doesn’t think he’s a superhero”.
This, for Favino, “makes him very Italian”, so much so as to push him to make a comparison with an American film star:
If Denzel Washington had been in my role, we would all have known that he would have saved himself in the end. If instead Favino is playing that character then maybe not, he might not save himself, and then there is doubt, while you see the film, and the story works better.
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On the theme of honesty, which is one of the themes of di Stefano’s film, Field bean he said that “my honesty has never been tested. I’ve been working for 30 years, and people have understood who I am by now. My primary form of honesty is my commitment: I never go on set knowing I haven’t done everything I could to prepare, and audiences know I’ve always done everything I could“.
Interpreter of many characters often very different from each other, Field bean he said he doesn’t differentiate between “the famous person and the ordinary person. I like stories, and I’m very happy to be able to present very different things to the audience. I think I’m the kind of actor capable of this broad spectrum. My ambition is that a Franco Amore can sit in the theater to watch the film and recognize himself on the screen. Something that maybe is more difficult when I play Craxi. What attracts me”, he explained, “is the search for simplicity in what I do, dealing with stories in which I am not a burden but a tool at their service”.
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