Great international films about Rai 1, such as “The House of Gucci” by Ridley Scott or among the Italian films the comedy “Bla Bla baby” by Fausto Brizzi; the Creed saga, Freaks Out by Gabriele Mainetti and Diabolik Manetti Bros on Rai 2; Starring Oscar-winning leads such as Anthony Hopkins in The Father and Jessica Chastain in The Eyes of Tammy Faye, Paradise 3 will also feature primetime dossiers of current events films with introductions and Federica’s in-depth analysis. Sciarelli (yes, it will start with Caivano through “Fortuna” by Nicolangelo Gelormini with Valeria Golino). Debuting on Rai’s flagship (following its 2021 debut on Sky) is Marco Pontecovo’s miniseries Alfredino – An Italian Story with Anna Foglietta and The Return of Successes Like Morgana, the Brilliant Detective, which opens its third season on its first night on 19 September; but also the Rai 2 series from Ntsis to Swat. They are among the highlights of Paradise’s fall season of film programming, successful series and signature documentaries. Offering approximately 20 thousand hours of programming throughout the year from the Office of Film and Television Series, including major international productions, Italian cinema and Rai co-productions.
“Cinema is a very noble product that remains evergreen,” explains film and series director Adriano De Maio, “it serves as a signature to our lives. Programming should not only be done with the audience in mind, but also to get people to think and contribute.” Everything with fixed appointments “to increase audience loyalty” and the introduction of new abbreviations was created specifically, as was done with the historical jingle of Lucio Dalla, who had the Monedi cinema. “After Sanremo, we will adapt the songs of three young people on the festival podium.” Also in the spotlight are ideas, tributes and connections to current events, from Bread and Brexit, a series of 14 films on social issues by Ken Loach on Rai 5 from 19 September, to a film marathon on 3 October on Rai Movie for National Day of Remembrance for Immigration Victims ; Marco Risi’s prime-time drive through Fortpask on Paradise 3 on September 21, 28 years after the murder of Giancarlo Siani; Beautiful September 23, 50 years after the death of Anna Magnani; a retrospective of Billy Wilder (the film “Paradise”) or cinematic looks at the story of Paradise and “Paradise 5”, for which De Maio thinks of the introductions of Alessandro Barbero and Piero Chiambretti.
Huge space for Italian cinema on all networks: “Rai has always wanted to give attention to this film, also because it tells us and crosses borders,” explains De Maio. Among other things, the primetime program on Rai 3 includes the award-winning “Settembre” by Julia Steigerwalt, winner of the David di Donatello Award for best first work, as well as “Nastro d’Argento” and “The Hidden Child” by Roberto Ando with Silvio. Orlando and Giuseppe Pirozzi (Marefuori); Italian arthouse cinema on Rai 5; documentaries from masters such as Cecilia Mangini (The World in Pictures, September 23 late on Rai 3) or Marco Bellocchio with Marx Can Wait (in December). Without forgetting the genres of Paradise 4, between returns and new releases such as the Spanish crime series Rapa with Javier Camara or Nancy Drew, the appearance of the House of Gucci on Paradise 1 refers to the controversy over Italian icons played by foreign actors. “I disagree with Favino,” explains de Maio, “this is the work of a master cinematographer, and we remember the fundamental role of our voice actors in these films.”
According to Paolo del Brocco, CEO of Rai Cinema, “Favino gave a general speech, from which only part was taken as the title,” he notes and emphasizes the importance of Rai’s programs for Italian cinema: “there has always been collaboration between us in its improvement. However, we must stop saying that things are bad in the theater. Italian films with big budgets have done well, while films with smaller budgets have lost ground. In this regard, television can do a lot to renew interest by differentiating itself across platforms and reaching all types of audiences.”