At least in Italy, for him Pixar This 2020 was not in any way forgiving. While in the United States and other parts of the world your beautiful Forward – Beyond magic actually landed on digital video rental and then on Disney +, with us the animated film written and directed by Dan Scanlon It has repeatedly delayed its theatrical release, now slated for August 19. Coronavirus pandemic failure which imposed a difficult blockade, of course, but the still very complex American situation in terms of infections and deaths forced the major and the studio to also postpone the release of the second annual film, Pete Docter’s Soul, which is expected in theaters Americans to next November 20 and now postponed to a date to be assigned.
A crop with a short and fatigued breath, this 2020, debilitating in economic terms and exhausted from the point of view of expectations, however, it seems that studies They have not given up hope for the future and recovery at all, obviously including Pixar, which in the last few hours has announced its new and fascinating original project, which is more than a title but a name: Luca.
A summer on the Riviera
The news of this new and unexpected Pixar title it left the fans quite surprised and enthusiastic, especially the Italians, given that Luca will be a story set entirely in Bel Paese, in the splendid setting of the Ligurian Riviera, within the scenario of Five lands. According to the few shared details of the production, the film will be a setting. majoritytherefore a story of growth, discovery and comparison, and more specifically it will focus on a great summer friendship and an unforgettable adventure. From this first and reduced knowledge, it seems that Luca does not have an element of fantasy like any other brand product. Pixarand instead you have to change your mind, since Luca himself is actually a sea monster who lives just below the surface of the water, in a nearby but different, magical and spectacular world.
However, it is not clear how much this more extroverted aspect in terms of gender will fill the film, if the encounter between two worlds or the relationship of two friends will be more significant, between scooter rides, ice creams and a lot of fun, but objectively This makes Luca a fantastic story in a formal sense, near Ponyo or Lu and the city of mermaids, titles that tell the friendship of the different man with children or adolescents
The idea is that Luca may be a different title, less brave on the conceptual level but with something real and concrete to share, perhaps even the need to express hidden feelings in the author’s childhood, the very Italian Enrico Casarosa, Genoese by birth and already nominated for an Oscar for beauty short film La Luna. All the eventual and expected narrative, emotional and poetic power of his first feature film is contained in the few words of the director, who revealed in a note: “For me it is a very personal story, both because it takes place in the Riviera and because the fundamental core of the story is friendship. It is precisely childhood friendships that often trace the path of who we want to become, and Luca’s story can be traced back to those ties, the same ones that will later fundamentally change the protagonist.“
The summer and coming of age, the confrontation and friendship, the sun, the sea and Italy immediately made you think of something similar to Call me with your name by Luca Guadagnino but in a more childish way, in a direction not entirely clear , if that is for the discovery of a sexual identity told in a more pure and childish way, but equally sensitive and deep, or on an adventure Stand By Me decreased in Pixar sauce. What is certain is that this completely, conscientiously and splendidly Italian turn of an original project of the studio is what a director like Enrico Casarosa deserved and of which we, the loving public, can only be happy.
Everything will depend on how the landscape will be told, how the environment of Liguria will be photographed and how the characters will be counted, but the fact that Luca was born from the author’s will to enter the heart of a training story, discovering the beauty of elusive joy, in a definitely warm, perhaps nostalgic, perhaps different environment than we currently expect, makes Pixar’s new film one of the most anticipated in the near future.