A-list action in Piazza San Marco, Venezia

There is always something going on in Venice. Always! This week has been a bit more A-list than usual as Oscar winning director Paolo Sorrentino has been in town to film scenes for his new film “La Giovinezza” (Youth). I put that in the exciting category!!

Oscar winning director Paolo Sorrentino (right) discussing a scene in his new film La Giovenezza, St Mark's Square, Venice, Italy

Oscar winning director Paolo Sorrentino (right) discussing a scene in his new film La Giovenezza, St Mark’s Square, Venice, Italy

The new film written and directed by the Neapolitan, is a return to some of his key themes of art, desire and aging and tells the story of Fred and Mick, two men on the verge of eighty, who decide to go on holiday together. Played respectively by Sir Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel, Fred and Mick book into a hotel in the Alps where they consider their lives, their children and what the future may hold for them. The film is to be filmed on location in Switzerland, Italy and England with Sorrentino reportedly choosing to shoot some scenes, especially the night shots, in Venice for its beautiful old buildings and canals.

Filming for Il Giovinezza continues past midnight in St mark's Square, Venice, Italy

Filming for La Giovinezza continues past midnight in St Mark’s Square, Venice, Italy

Italian favourite Sorrentino, who won the Best Foreign Film Oscar this year for his film “La Grande Bellezza” (The Great Beauty) has an all-star cast for his new venture including Sir Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Jane Fonda and Paul Dano, who recently played in another  Oscar winner, “12 Years A Slave.” Caine and Keitel have both been spotted on location in Venice this week and I found the film crew on their last night shoot after noticing them setting up earlier in the day in Piazza San Marco (St Mark’s Square) and, nosy as ever, asking a handy policeman what was going on!

Actors Madalina Ghenea & Michael Caine have their make-up done, watched by wife Shakira Caine, ready to film scenes for Il Giovinezza, St Mark's Square, Venice, Italy

Actors Madalina Ghenea & Michael Caine have their make-up done, watched by wife Shakira Caine, ready to film scenes for La Giovinezza, St Mark’s Square, Venice, Italy

(A slightly fuzzy) Sir Michael Caine suited and booted with a white bow tie ready to shoot the next scene in Il Giovinezza, St Mark's Square, Venice, Italy

(A slightly fuzzy) Sir Michael Caine suited and booted ready to shoot the next scene in La Giovinezza, St Mark’s Square, Venice, Italy

Giovinezza will be Sorrentino’s second film using English-speaking actors after his collaborations with Sean Penn and Frances McDormand in “This must be the place” in 2011 and will be premiered at Cannes on 20th May 2015. Watch the trailer here. I, for one, cannot wait to see the final Director’s Cut!

Actors Madalina Ghenea & Michael Caine take their places on a catwalk through St Mark's Square as they film scenes for Il Giovinezza in Venice, Italy. Take 1.

Actors Madalina Ghenea & Michael Caine take their places on a catwalk through St Mark’s Square as they film scenes for La Giovinezza in Venice, Italy

Italian director Paolo Sorrentino discusses the next scene to be filled for his new film Il Giovinezza with actor Madalina Ghenea, St Mark's Square, Venice, Italy

Italian director Paolo Sorrentino discusses the next scene to be filled for his new film La Giovinezza with actor Madalina Ghenea

Take 2!

Take 3!

Italian director Paolo Sorrentino puts his coat on as he prepares to wrap filming of his new film Il Giovinezza for the night in St Mark's Square, Venice, Italy

Italian director Paolo Sorrentino prepares to wrap filming of his new film La Giovinezza for the night in St Mark’s Square, Venice, Italy

Danger, actors at work!

Danger, actors at work!

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One Response to A-list action in Piazza San Marco, Venezia

  1. Fishink says:

    Will you be featuring in an excited crowd scene I wonder ? Great pap shots as ever.

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