“Matrimonio Italiano” is a comedy genre film scheduled for release on February 2018 in Italy, directed by Alessandro Genovesi, written by Alessandro Genovesi and Giovanni Bognetti and based on the play My Big Gay Italian Wedding by Anthony J. Wilkinson.  The film stars Diego Abatantuono, Monica Guerritore, Salvatore Esposito, Antonio Catania, Dino Abbrescia, Diana Del Bufalo and Enzo Miccio.

The original production of My Big Gay Italian Wedding started Off-Broadway in 2003 at the Actor’s Playhouse and later moved to Theatre Four in the spring of 2004.  Wilkinson restaged My Big Gay Italian Wedding in September of 2009 at the St. George Theatre for an audience of almost 2,000 people.  After much discussion and huge debates with regards to the topic of gay marriage, its reviews and success prompted an explosive revival on Restaurant Row with a full out Equity cast in April of 2010.

During the run, the show hosted some major celebrities in efforts to help raise money and awareness for marriage equality and the Trevor Project. Aside from New York City, the show has already played in multiple cities in the US as well as Edinburgh, London, Vancouver, Hong Kong and parts of France.

Society is a living organism that needs time to accept changes, there are faster cells and slower cells. And cinema continues to play its part. As in Italian marriage, where the pair of liberal Liberian-Guerritore-Abatantuono parents remain misplaced by the choice of their son (Cristiano Caccamo) who announces the wedding with the boyfriend bearded (Salvatore Esposito, the fierce Genny Savastano of Gomorra, here in a role light years away from Camorista boss). In the commonplace there is always a bottom of truth, so between the two parents is the mother who melts the armor for the first time and welcomes the child: “At first, in a disorderly way, then with tenderness and lightness, even in a humorous way – explains Monica Guerritore -. I think there is never a lightning strike in the clear sky; there are simply those who are more difficult to see and accept the “different” choices of a child.”

In the film the woman puts only one condition: “A mother – even out of fiction – always has a dream: a fairy tale wedding for her children. So she wants all traditions to be respected: the wedding will require the presence of her future mother-in-law, she will have to invite the whole country and the boys will have to be married to her husband. ” He is also the mayor of the country and boasts of being a promoter of an open and friendly policy. Will you use the same elasticity with your son? Because it is often elastic, but only with the children of others. “It’s a father who is part of that party – to which I do not belong – so it’s easy to talk before things really happen – reflects Abatantuono. He is a victim of a dullness inherent in many of us. Italian marriage is a beautiful and original comedy also in this regard, for the contradiction of a father who is in words in a way, but when the matter concerns him he changes the register.”

The way of the comedy lends itself to dealing with a serious topic: “Any story lightly and entertaining leaves more possibilities open than the drama,” explains director Alessandro Genovesi. If you face the issue seriously the risk of becoming overwhelming, but this movie is not a parody, it’s not a farce, it’s a gay fairy tale, it tells an experience that can happen to any family and we treat it as if it really came to a normal family.” Abatantuono finds the right metaphor: “Between comedy and drama there is the same difference between an amusing and boring professor, the first one more willingly follows, even if it is less ferret than the second.”Produced by Colorado Film in collaboration with Medusa, which will also be a distributor, Italian Wedding will be in theaters in February 2018. The script is supported by Diversity’s report-analysis, the association founded by Francesca Vecchioni (daughter of the songwriter Roberto) He is responsible for the representation of Lgbti people. The most determined intervention? “On kisses. There were not, but if you want to tell in a natural way a story of homosexual love you can not hide them. Those who look must recognize themselves in the story they see, if they do not find it realistic. We have also worked on the dialogs to make them credible, it’s the only way to pass an authentic message. The approach, however, must not be protective, if there is no risk of making a mistake in this case: it is crucial to represent a relationship as it really is.”

Women are often a step forward? “Yes, because the woman has always been the different par excellence,” he recalls, “he has experienced discrimination on his own skin, he was put to the stake as a witch, women are naturally more open to things that happen, they have a more sympathetic attitude towards diversity. In mythology, it is no coincidence that psyche is a female.”

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