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Stefano Sollima, the Italian director known in Hollywood for “Sicario: Day of the Soldado” and TV show “Gomorrah,” is the main creative force behind cocaine-trafficking series “ZeroZeroZero,” which will world premiere at the Venice Film Festival on Sept. 5. Festival chief Alberto Barbera has praised it as blowing “Narcos” out of the water.
Sollima directed the opening two installments of the ambitious eight-episode show, which was shot on three continents and in six languages and stars Andrea Riseborough, Dane DeHaan and Gabriel Byrne. The series was produced by ITV-owned Cattleya for Sky Studios, Canal Plus and Amazon.
Sollima - Challenge - Story - Angle
Sollima spoke to Variety about the challenge of telling a familiar story “from an angle that is totally original.”
How did “ZeroZeroZero” originate?
Roberto - Saviano - Book - Author - Gomorrah
It all started with Roberto Saviano’s book [the same author of “Gomorrah”], which is completely different from the series that we ended up writing. The book is an exposé of the cocaine trade. But at its core, and this is what drew me, is the idea of depicting the cocaine trade from a different perspective…of narrating cocaine just like any other merchandise.
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Narrative - ZeroZeroZero - Voyage - Voyage - Cargo
So we tried to imagine the narrative of “ZeroZeroZero” as a voyage. The voyage of a cargo carrying cocaine….We imagined the arc of the series as a voyage of this cargo from its point of departure in Mexico to its point of arrival in Calabria, passing through Senegal and Morocco. The actual narrative tells about cocaine trafficking and the money that is made from it and what criminal organizations do to gain its control and how this impacts all different aspects of real life with which it intersects – some of which are pretty politically extreme and paradoxical.
Besides coming up with the concept, directing, and working with the writers (in part the same...
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