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HEAVEN OF MARS

 

Feature movie

2022

 

It took me five years to read and study Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy. I never thought about making a screen adaptation of this literary masterpiece until I met the Italian comedian Zelia Pelacani Catalano: Zelia simply was Beatrice, with this vital casting decision in place I began conceptualising the film.

Duration: 83 minutes

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A STUDIO MARBEAU PRODUCTION

 

HEAVEN OF MARS

Dante’s Divine Comedy from the point of view of Beatrice

FILM INFORMATION

 

Directed by: Jean-Arneau Filtness

Written by: Jean-Arneau Filtness

Music: Niels Mestre

Based on: Dante’s Divine Comedy

Produced by: Jean-Arneau Filtness - STUDIO MARBEAU PRODUCTION

Duration: 83 minutes

Picture / aspect ratio: Digital Vidéo 1:77 (25fps)

Country: France

Original language: ancient Italian

Subtitles: English (FR and IT versions available)

 

CAST

 

Beatrice: Zelia Pelacani Catalano

Dante, Cacciaguida: Benjamin Balthazar Lebigre

Matilda: Emanuela Luongo

Virgil: Salvatore Spada

Saint Bernard: Doru Melega

 

with the participation of Anne-Marie Boisvert (Choreography and performance - Beatrice’s arrival and departure

 

SYNOPSIS

 

> Dante’s Divine Comedy from the point of view of Beatrice.

How Dante, by the grace of Beatrice, will travel through all of Hell, Purgatory and Heaven where he will encounter the Supreme Being.

During this extraordinary journey, in the fifth celestial sphere of Heaven (HEAVEN OF MARS), Dante is assigned by his ancestor Cacciaguida to a prophetic mission.

Reveal to humankind the ultimate goal:

Salvation’s triumph over the contemporary reality of the power struggle between worldly and religious leaders.

Beatrice convinces Dante to manifest his vision utterly.

Dante becomes a prophet aimed to save humankind.

CREDITS

 

Director: Jean-Arneau Filtness

Scriptwriter: Jean-Arneau Filtness based on Dante’s Divine Comedy

Music: Niels Mestre

Additional music: Minuscule Vacarme (Christine Marcoux - Doru Melega)

Cinematographer: Jean-Arneau Filtness

Editor: Jean-Arneau Filtness

Sound design: Jean-Arneau Filtness

Additional sound design: Manon Houssin (Beatrice’s arrival)

Sound mixing: Sonambule

Sound recording: Élodie Thévenin

Script: Arnaud Ricou

Logo creation: Akiko Gharbi & Jean-Arneau Filtness

Poster creation: Catherine Barluet & Jean-Arneau Filtness Producer Jean-Arneau Filtness - STUDIO MARBEAU PRODUCTION

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DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT

 

It took me five years to read and study Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy.

 

I never thought about making a screen adaptation of this literary masterpiece until I met the Italian comedian Zelia Pelacani Catalano: Zelia simply was Beatrice, with this vital casting decision in place I began conceptualising the film.

The project HEAVEN OF MARS was born: adapting The Divine Comedy in its marvelous ancient Italian language, and above all else from the point of view of Beatrice…

For nine months, Zelia and I, along with Benjamin Balthazar Lebigre (Dante) and Emanuela Luongo (Matilda) tirelessly studied the script to perfect the comedians' lines.

Throughout this process I filmed rehearsals – finding the most fitting camera angles and shots – for the final shoot.

Such a long-term process has led us to a finer scenario that I originally envisaged.

I managed the editing myself. Settling on a retro-futuristic look which imposed itself during post-production.

HEAVEN OF MARS is my first feature film: produced, written, directed, shot, and edited in France.

Musician Niels Mestre composed the original soundtrack.

> The 700th anniversary of Dante’s death has been celebrated in 2021.

INTERVIEW FESTIVAL DANTESCO, ROMA

The Festival Dantesco (Roma, Italy) is sponsored by the Dante Alighieri Society and benefits from the patronage and contribution of the highest Italian institution in charge of the organization of the Dante Centenary (1321-2021), namely the National Committee for the celebration of the 700th anniversary of the death of Dante Alighieri, created by the italian “Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Tourism Activities”.

#LineaDante 2021 / 4 - "Cielo di Marte", di Jean-Arneau Filtness

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLvCHAcAhL0

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