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Cosimo Alemà 
33' Venice International Film Critics' Week
Sic@Sic 2018
‘Si sospetta il movente passionale con l’aggravante dei futili motivi
 / Under Suspicion For A Crime Of Passion Aggravated By Triviality’

Giulia is getting ready to spend the weekend with Lucio. However, she does not find him waiting for her at the villa where they were supposed to meet. She finds three women instead, they are Lucio’s lovers, who two days before received the same message from him.


No one can find him and the women have the same question: why did he get them all together there? The four enemies have to become friends to survive the situation.


Hey Cosimo, thanks for talking to TNC, how is everything going?

Cool! I'm in the middle of the Alps shooting a new series for Italian Television.

What does it mean for Si sospetta il movente passionale con l’aggravante dei futili motivi at the 2018 SIC@SIC?

A great honour mixed with the exciting possibility of showing different work of mine.

Your film is going to close the shorts section, does that add any extra pressure on you?

Not at all, being out of the competition doesn't mean any less of a thrill for me!

Tell me a little bit about Si sospetta il movente passionale con l’aggravante dei futili motivi, how did the film come about?

Last March I met a few interesting people, some great actresses and a screenwriter at a festival in Cortina. That's when we decided to do something exciting together.


What was the inspiration behind the screenplay?

Some of Pedro Almodovar's masterpieces of course, “CUL-DE-SAC” and “CLUE”. The seventies in all their splendor.

What has been the most challenging scene for you to film?

The first and the last scenes only because the movie is a long sequence-shot. Sequence-shots are very hard to set because you have many days of rehearsal and only a few days to shoot and everything has to be perfect.

Have you always had a passion for filmmaking?

I love filming human beings ever since 1985 when I was 15. I have always dreamed to portray faces and to tell stories on the screen.

What was the first film you saw that inspired you to become a director?

It's hard to choose only one movie. “SOMETHING WILD” by Jonathan Demme is surely one of the films that made me think 'I want to do this.'

" more fruits."


How much as your style and approach to your films changed since your debut short?

A lot. The first short movie I shot was in 1995. After three long-feature films and a couple of series, it was amazing grabbing the challenge of a short movie again.
How would you describe Si sospetta il movente passionale con l’aggravante dei futili motivi in three words?

Feminine, Fast & Furious.

Do you have any advice for any fellow directors?

Watch movies from the 60’S/70’S/80’S and eat more fruits.

And finally, what do you hope people will take away from this film?

Some big laughs and a wistful gaze at the end.

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