30 September 2019 - The wait is over: Wednesday 2 October 2019, io, Leonardo will be in Italian cinemas, the biographical art film that outlines a passionate and engaging portrait of Leonardo da Vinci five hundred years after his passing. Produced by Sky with Progetto Immagine and distributed by Lucky Red, the feature film will subsequently be broadcast on the Sky channels.
Selected to play the part of Leonardo da Vinci was the Italian actor Luca Argentero, supported in the cast by Angela Fontana, in the role of Cecilia Gallerani, and Massimo De Lorenzo, as Ludovico il Moro. Filmgoers will have the opportunity to take a “voyage” through the mind of the Master to discover his work method and his capabilities for observation and analysis of reality. Directing Io, Leonardo is Jesus Garces Lambert, with the direction of other acclaimed works under his belt such as Caravaggio – l’anima e il sangue (“Caravaggio – the soul and the blood”).
Accompanied by the narration of Francesco Pannofino, in the reconstruction of the story of the artist and scientist, the film also looks at less well-known aspects of his life, resulting in a portrayal that is far from the stereotypes. The film is the result of a group effort. In fact, also taking part in its making were Pietro C. Marani, full tenured professor of the History of Modern Art and Museology at Milan Polytechnic, as scientific consultant; Cosetta Lagani, to whom artistic direction was entrusted; screenwriters Sara Mosetti and Marcello Olivieri.
WORLD PREMIÈRE PROMOTED BY THE PIAGGIO FOUNDATION, TOWN OF VINCI, LEONARDIAN MUSEUM AND SKY. The first in the world to see the film about Leonardo da Vinci were guests of the event organised by Fondazione Piaggio, in collaboration with the town of Vinci, the Leonardian Museum and Sky, with presentation and première projection of the film io, Leonardo, which was held on the evening of 25 September at the Theatre in the town of Vinci (Florence). A second showing was held for the townspeople.
Guests were welcomed by an aperitif in the garden in front of the Vinci Theatre, with a display of Piaggio Group vehicles such as Vespa 946, Vespa Elettrica, Piaggio MP3, Moto Guzzi V7 III Racer, Aprilia Tuono 125 and a superb Vespa vintage, model GS, positioned inside the theatre.
Director Jesus Garces Lambert poses on Vespa Elettrica and with Vespa 946, during the evening event at the Vinci Theatre.
There were speeches by various individuals, including: Vinci Mayor Giuseppe Torchia, Mexican director Jesus Garces Lambert (with a video greeting finale to the public by leading actor Luca Argentero, busy promoting the film), Chairman of the Piaggio Foundation Riccardo Costagliola, who presented a video dedicated to the new Piaggio Museum (www.museopiaggio.it) and announced the news of the big exhibition that will open on next 30 November entitled “Dalle macchine di Leonardo all’industria 4.0” (From Leonardo’s machines to Industry 4.0).
Works by Leonardo da Vinci: Self-portrait, 1510-1515 (Turin, Royal Library); Vitruvian Man, study on the “ideal” proportions of the human body (Venice, Academy).
Also speaking was Roberta Ponti of Sky Arte (io, Leonardo - he said - took two years to make; from 2 October, it will be showing in more than 300 Italian cinemas, with matinée showings dedicated to schools, and subsequent distribution in 60 countries in the world via Sky); representatives of the Leonardian Museum (www.museoleonardiano.it/eng) in Vinci, extended an invitation to visit the Museum along with Leonardo’s birth house (in nearby Anchiano) and the “Leonardo e la pittura” (Leonardo and painting) show. And, a must-attend every year, the Leonardian Celebrations: between April and May, for the birth (15 April 1452) and death of Leonardo (2 May 1519), the town of Vinci celebrates the memory of the genius from Vinci with an intense calendar of events, shows and conferences.