Lives of the Saints
by Jerry Ciccoritti





FOREIGN TITLES & RELEASE DATES

Italy (Canale 5) - September 20-21, 2004 - La terra del ritorno - 187'
Canada (CTV) - January 2-3, 2005 - Lives of the Saints - 187'




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PLOT

The story of Vittorio Innocente and his mother Christina, whose affair with a blue-eyed stranger shatters the innocence of Vittorio’s childhood. As he pieces together the story of his mother’s past, Vittorio discovers the truths of the villagers and the village, and gains a new understanding into human nature. The tiny Italian village of Valle del Sole harbours century-old superstitions, fears, maliciousness, hypocrisy and a pagan past. The closer Vittorio comes to the truth about his mother, the more his discoveries threaten to tear apart his own world.
Story: taken from the trilogy by Nino Ricci Lives of the Saints, In a Glass House and Where She Has Gone.


FILMING LOCATIONS

Toronto, Pickering, Woodbridge (Canada)
Comune di Acquasparta, Macerino, Umbria (Italy)
Cinecittà, Rome (Italy)
Studi Cinematografici di Papigno, Terni (Italy)

Filming dates: March 24 - June 2003
  Shooting starts in Canada in March until April 23, then movies to Italy in May

MAIN CAST


Sophia Loren (Teresa Innocente)
Fab Filippo (Vittorio Innocente)
Jessica Paré (Rita Amherst)
Sabrina Ferilli (Cristina Innocente)
Kris Kristofferson (Matthew Bok)
Nick Mancuso (Mario Innocente)



CREDITS

Photography:
Fabio Cianchetti
Music:
Armando Trovajoli
Costume designers for Sophia Loren:
Maurizio Millenotti
Still photographers:
Michael Gibson, Stefano Montesi
Makeup artist for Sophia Loren:
Francesco Fredda
Hair Stylist for Sophia Loren:
Claudia Bianchi
Sophia Loren's Dresser:
Sue MacLeod
Stunt double for Sophia Loren:
Krisztina Meuring
Seamstresses for Sophia's Wardrobe:
Edelweis Azzuro, Anna Contino
Production:
Gabriela Martini for Capri Films Inc.
(Canada)
Power / Giovanna Arata for R.T.I.


NOTES

The story is based on Nino Ricci's best selling trilogy of books. Lives of the Saints ranked No 1 in Canada for 72 weeks and won the Governor General's Award for Fiction.

The film won in Canada the Directors Guild of Canada Award for Outstanding Achievement in Direction - Television Movie/Mini-Series.

It's hard to think of a living and working actor who has the stature of Sophia Loren. I was in Italy for some of the shoot. If we think she's a goddess here, you can't imagine what her presence in a small Umbrian village can do.
Tecca Crosby, CTV programming.


QUOTES AND REVIEWS 

"It's hard to think of a living and working actor who has the stature of Sophia Loren. I was in Italy for some of the shoot. If we think she's a goddess here, you can't imagine what her presence in a small Umbrian village can do."
Tecca Crosby, CTV programming.

"AI fell in love with Sophia while working on Between Strangers. My favourite film is Two Women, and I wondered about her character in Two Women; how she would be 50 years later, what would be her story? We created the character of Teresa based on that concept."
Gabriella Martinelli, producer.

"I love this story, because it's about a woman who's dedicated to the family; for her, the family is sacred."
Sophia Loren

"Italian beauty Sophia Loren graces the new miniseries Lives of the Saints, which spoke to her with its notion of sacrifice for the sake of family."
Gayle MacDonald, Globe and Mail, 1 jan 2005




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