STUDIO MARBEAU & FONDATION PE
HEAVEN OF MARS
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
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.
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)
Original language: ancient Italian (Tuscan language from the 14th century)
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
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
STUDIO MARBEAU: &FONDATION PE FRANCE
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
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.