On October 16, 2017, Florence’s civic centre piazza della Signoria will turn into a film set for a day.
The movie The Sin. A Vision. will be directed by Russian Andrei Konchalovsky and focus on Michelangelo.
Filming began in late August and has continued for 14 weeks in Tuscany and Lazio in the places where Michelangelo is known to have lived and worked. The locations include Monte Altissimo (Henraux quarries), Massa’s Malaspina Castle, Florence, Arezzo, Montepulciano, Carrara, Bagno a Ripoli, Pienza, Monte San Savino, Tarquinia, Caprarola and Rome.
Michelangelo is played by Roman Alberto Testone, with Massimo De Francovich in the role of Pope Julius II, but for the most part the director chose to cast amateur actors.
A striking set will be erected in piazza della Signoria. Lorries are scheduled to arrive in the square at 8:30pm on October 15, with sand and hay being placed in front of the Arengario. Filming will take place in the area between the Loggia dei Lanzi and Ammannati’s Neptune by chiasso dei Baroncelli. (You will still be able to walk through the square, but via Vacchereccia will be closed to traffic.)
Expect to see the dummy of a hanged man dangling from the Loggia dei Lanzi terrace!
Produced by the Andrei Konchalovsky Foundation Supporting Cinema and the Scenic Arts and Jean Vigo Italia with Rai Cinema, the Italo-Russian production also benefits from the backing of the Sensi Contemporanei Toscana per il Cinema programme and the Toscana Film Commission.
The set will be removed on January 16 at 9pm.