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Amazon announces movies featuring the queen of Italian pop

Amazon Studios announced today that filming has begun on a new Italian Amazon Original film starring Italian singer-songwriter and music producer Laura Pausini, a beloved global star. The untitled project, based on her own original idea, is written by Ivan Cotroneo (La kryptonite nella borsa, Un bacio) and Monica Rametta (Un bacio, Il volto di un’altra), directed by Ivan Cotroneo, produced by Endemol Shine Italy (a Banijay company).

With over 70 million albums sold worldwide, Laura Pausini is one of the most respected Italian artists in the world. Her international reach makes her uniquely positioned as an Italian record artist. Pausini recently collaborated with songwriter Diane Warren on the song Io Sì (set), which won the best original song in a film at the Golden Globes, and was the first woman in Italian music history to be nominated for the Oscar for Best Original Song for the same song that she also performed during the 2021 Oscars filmed in Los Angeles and broadcast worldwide. With this new project, Laura Pausini, the most beloved and valued Italian artist in the world, makes her film debut on a film that revolves around her and her extraordinary story.

Based on an original idea by Pausini, the film is written by Ivan Cotroneo and Monica Rametta, and Gherardo Gossi (Diaz, Le sorelle Macaluso) will act as director of photography. Director Ivan Cotroneo, one of the most prestigious names in Italian cinema, is shaping this new narrative concept that will put the queen of Italian pop in front of a feature film camera for the first time ever for this unique project. This innovative film invents a new genre that makes room for Pausini’s love of cinema and reveals her true soul to the audience through exclusive never before seen glimpses of her private and professional life, while giving her a great opportunity to discover new unknowns aspects of herself and her world that will be revealed to the audience for the first time.

“I had been receiving offers for film projects for some time, but I could not find anything special enough to spend my time and energy on,” says Laura Pausini. “I did not feel any urgency in telling my story, and I was looking for an innovative script. In February 2020, I met Amazon Studios, and during one of our meetings, I realized that there was a story that I had never told, that was important to me, and that I now wanted to share. I’m glad they immediately supported my artistic idea with enthusiasm. We will try to tell this story in the way I feel the most sincere as I have always done with music, this time with all my passion for cinema. Shortly before the Golden Globe victory, I started working with an Italian writer and director whom I truly respect, and our collaboration created this madness, which I prepare for with great dedication, and which I am sure will amaze even those who think they know me well! ”

“We are honored to welcome Laura into the Amazon Studios family; an extraordinary artist who is loved and celebrated all over the world, ”says Georgia Brown, Head of European Amazon Originals, Amazon Studios. “This Italian original Amazon film is a truly innovative project and we are excited to work with groundbreaking creators to create a compelling, unique story for our customers. We look forward to enchanting Prime Video audiences around the world with Laura’s incredible story. ”

“This project perfectly incorporates our ambitions at Amazon Studios in Italy: to bring stories to life in an innovative way to surprise and delight audiences,” adds Nicole Morganti, Head of Amazon Originals, Italy. “We are excited to bring to life this ambitious production that will experiment with perspective and storytelling like never before. We are honored to have worked with such an incredibly talented artist, Laura; with a world-class creative team led by Ivan Cotroneo; and with our reliable production partner, Endemol Shine Italy. Thanks to the genius of this extraordinary team, we bring viewers in Italy and around the world the story of a woman and an artist who has channeled her empathy, creativity and extraordinary talent into something remarkable. ”

“Our collaboration with Amazon Prime Video continues, and once again it takes the form of a creative and production challenge that allows us to work with top names both in front of and behind the camera,” comments Leonardo Pasquinelli, CEO of Endemol Shine Italy. “With this project, we focus on an international star of the highest caliber, and we experiment with a whole new narrative style to bring to life the never – seen, intimate and authentic story of Laura Pausini.”

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