In the cinema, the movie “Cosa Nostra” written by Julia Magda Martinez with a little Ukraine

Julia Magda Martinez at the press screening of Cosa Nostra with Giovanni Dutta

Thursday 28 April 2022

Mafia – comedy film, between shooting and laughter, starring a Ukrainian woman, Vlada: a kind of “halal” or, better than a live hurricane. That’s what we’ll see on the big screen in a few days.

Lightweight and fun “Cosa Nostra,” Giovanni Dutta’s first work featuring Oristano’s Julia Magda Martinez, arrives in cinemas from May 19.

“I co-scripted with Giovanni Dutta, Matteo Visconti and Anastasia Ludkina, a Ukrainian girl from whom everything was actually born,” says Julia Magda Martinez. “That was his idea and then the scriptwriters took over us from there.”

Writing for cinema is as great a job/passion as it is challenging, but Julia Magda Martinez, who has already taken this path for quite some time, continues to do so successfully. After her short film “The Last Outbreak”, competing in “I Have Short Film Festival 2020”, she was awarded the Best in “I Have Official Short” section for Capriames, in the role of director, we now see her again in those as a screenwriter for “Cosa Nostra”.

Julia Magda Martinez explains that Cosa Nostra was born out of an explosive mixture of comedy and gangster movie: it’s about parents and children and how difficult it is to be one and the other. It also talks about how parents should be able to recognize the right moment to let their child fly away and how the latter should, at the same time, be able to return to nursery in times of need. However, all of this is full of crime, revenge, shootings, stalking and threats that are an integral part of the mafia context in which the whole scene revolves.”

Julia Magda Martinez during the press screening of the film at the Casa del Cinema in Rome

The genre mix between gangster movies and comedy comes right from the start in the writing stage. Julia Magda Martinez continues, “Beginning with the text, we have tried to find a balance between these two genres, without pushing ourselves too hard towards one or the other.” This was an experiment that Giovanni Dutta and I had already tried to do in a previous short film “Till the end”. Giovanni is the manager I have always worked with since the time of the Experimental Center in Rome. We met there and continued to work together.”

The film’s strength lies, in fact, also in the team and the people who worked on it. “What I like most about Cosa Nostra,” Julia confirms, “besides being a youth-made creation, is that part of the team that was involved in the short film.” “Till the end”, It was done in school, then he worked on that movie as well. Starting with Giovanni as a director, with whom I was a screenwriter, to editor Giorgia Currà, one of the directors of photography, Andrea Manenti and Andreas Russo, who supervised the music. We all grew up together, and always together, we debuted with our first movie. One aspect that definitely brought great enthusiasm and harmony during the making of the film.”

Filming the movie is not easy, given the period in which it was filmed which, according to the screenwriter from Oristano, was a “real adventure”.

Julia Magda Martinez says: “The project was born in 2020, even if we started writing in 2019. It was one of the first films shot during the pandemic and that caused a lot of problems. It was the first time that no one had made a movie with these restrictions. And then, regardless, it was our first time making a feature film. That didn’t stop us, quite the opposite. I can tell the crew was pretty good; most of them, during the set, had covid and there was also a replacement of several department heads during filming. So it couldn’t be said that it was a picnic but we did it and we were all very satisfied. It was almost our job, to finish the movie.”

Cosa Nostra actors to present the film to the press at the Casa del Cinema in Rome

“Even from the point of view of the script, it wasn’t easy, we had to make excerpts directly during filming, where it was possible and it wasn’t always easy. There also, I hope, we were able to do well,” Martinez says.

Cosa Nostra was shot in Sicily, Ragusa, the Carpathians, and around Rome. Despite the reference to Ukraine, the film is not about the war. It was a coincidence, given the previous processing times, and the crew. It was unimaginable what would happen next in connection with the Russian-Ukrainian conflict.

Julia Magda Martinez always explains that “the reason this co-production was born” is that the idea for the film, as I said, comes from Anastasia, the Ukrainian producer and screenwriter who presented the film at MIA (international audiovisual market). He found great interest from Pepito Produzioni Film and UA Production with Rai Cinema and this is where this collaboration was born.”

He continues: “The hero was chosen two years ago: Giovanni found himself in front of a great talent. Irma Vitovska is very famous in Ukraine and was great in our group. She does not speak a word of Italian, she studied the text in a language she did not understand at all but every line still has Right intentions. A woman with tremendous power and that’s also an aspect I’d like to make clear: Actors in general are very close to some of the characteristics they have in real life, not to mention that some of the actors who play the kids of the mafia boss are their boss until their first experience.”

At the suggestion of the leading actress Irma Vitovska, Julia Magda Martinez explained that all this time she was in Ukraine to help her people, and only these days she is in Italy for the press screening of the film, which was held at Casa Cinema Roma. Early tomorrow, Irma will return to Ukraine to continue helping and sheltering women and children, moving them from bombed cities to safer places.

Julia Magda Martinez adds: “These days, she gave her testimony about what is happening in Kyiv. Among other things, her husband was recruited and she came here alone with her eleven-year-old son.

Irma Vitovska In the Press screening of the film at the Casa del Cinema in Rome

the film. “Cosa Nostra is the story of Vlada Koza,” explains Julia, “a very lively Ukrainian lady, hurricane but also very intrusive. She loves to take care of others, and loves to give advice even when she is not asking without realizing it.” “We will see her, to a series of ups and downs, in a particular family context, as a housemaid in a somewhat dilapidated local mafia family. Here he will not only arrange the villa but will interfere with the family dynamics trying to get it back on track, without realizing that it is indeed a mafia family. And that It then leads her to bold and absurd situations.”

summary. When Vlada Koza, an intrusive and caring Ukrainian woman, becomes a grandmother for the first time, she gives up everything and joins her daughter in Italy from the Carpathians and enters her home without warning. But the girl does not appreciate the stifling attention of her mother, she prefers to live alone, so she chases after Vlada, who finds herself halfway and penniless in the Sicilian hinterland. An unexpected car accident turns her into the unexpected ruler of Don Fredo, the leader of the Lagana clan, a crumbling mafia family struggling not to be eradicated. Everything seems to be going well until the day Vlada discovers the true nature of Laganà…

Here is a preview clip of the movie.

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