Fulci for Fake
Antonella Fulci, Camilla Fulci, Sandro Bitetto, Fabio Frizzi, Paolo Malco, Davide Pulici
Giada Mazzoleni, Daniele Bolcato, Claudio Rossoni
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Fulci for Fake is the first biopic on Lucio Fulci. A film that uses previously unseen materials to investigate the man and his works. Lucio Fulci is an enigma. The full force of his cinema, despite having experienced moments of great popularity, from Zanna Bianca (White Fang) to Zombi 2 (Zombie Flesh Eaters), a genuine box office hit at the time of its release in the United States, has only begun to emerge since the director’s death. His movies, paradoxically, seem to have grown more surprising with the passage of time. The mystery that surrounds Fulci is linked in part to his personal life. The director only rarely spoke about himself in interviews. But he did let his experience be reflected in his films, which are a mosaic of everything passionate and tragic that he had to grapple with over the course of his existence. The setting of the film sees Nicola, a successful actor, agree to play the part of Lucio Fulci in a biopic on the director. The actor embarks on a journey in discovery of Fulci. Nicola will ask himself probing questions about the real nature of a man who, in his own lifetime, had already rewritten his biography. A biography in which myth, creation and legend have redefined a life as exhilarating as it was dramatic.
I came across the movies of Lucio Fulci when I was fifteen. In Tortona, where I lived, I seemed to be the only one who had heard of him. At a distance of many years, making a film about him is like going back to the origins of my passion for the cinema. Touching on things you love is always risky. I realized at once that I had to look for the man, knowing that myth would have triumphed over reality. For Fulci himself embellished his biography through invention. His life was characterized by the coexistence of different spirits, of incompatible films, of genius and a struggle for survival. All elements that have allowed those films to stand the test of time. Making them even better and, above all, harder to seize hold of.