STUDIO MARBEAU & FONDATION PE

 

HEAVEN OF MARS

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Produced, Written and directed by Jean-Arneau Filtness

STUDIO MARBEAU EXE 7

2020 STUDIO MARBEAU & FONDATION PE FRANCE

 Early medieval feature movie in Italian

Adaptation of Dante’s Divine Comedy

The Divine Comedy from the point of view of Beatrice

 

Synopsis

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.

Film information

International title: HEAVEN OF MARS

Original title: CIEL DE MARS 

 

Directed by: Jean-Arneau Filtness

Written by: Jean-Arneau Filtness,

Based on: Dante’s Divine Comedy

Produced by: Jean-Arneau Filtness, STUDIO MARBEAU: &FONDATION PE

 

Duration: 83 minutes

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

 

Country: France

 

Original language: ancient Italian (Tuscan language from the 14th century)

Subtitles: English

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)

PRESS MATERIAL & CONTACT

 

contact@jean-arneau-filtness.com

 

CREDITS

Costumes: Jean-Arneau Filtness

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

Lighting assistant: Arnaud Ricou

Logo creation: Akiko Gharbi & Jean-Arneau Filtness

Poster creation: Catherine Barluet & Jean-Arneau Filtness

Producer

Jean-Arneau Filtness

STUDIO MARBEAU: &FONDATION PE FRANCE

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 is celebrated in 2021.