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La Voce Umana (The Human Voice), a short film adaptation of Jean Cocteau’s one-woman play starring the iconic Sophia Loren, will be screened at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. In advance, this behind-the-scenes video was provided exclusively to The Hollywood Reporter by Canon.
The segment shows Loren on set and the romantic look of the film, with interviews with the filmmakers, including the director and Loren’s son, Edoardo Ponti, and Oscar-nominated director of photography Rodrigo Prieto (Brokeback Mountain, The Wolf of Wall Street).
“It’s been a dream of my mother’s to star in The Human Voice since she saw Anna Magnani inhabit the role almost 50 years ago,” said Ponti in the video.
Shot last summer in Rome and Naples, Italy, and set in the 1950s, the 30-minutes short was made using Canon’s C500, the company’s 4K-capable cinema camera, which was used to produce 2K, 12-bit images using Cooke S4/i Primes and Canon Zoom lenses.
“I thought it looked beautiful,” said Prieto of the images produced by the camera. “That 12-bit color depth gave us more pleasing skin tones and more latitude.”
Related Ponti: “The choice of lenses and even the choice of camera moves feels a a little like a 1950 film. The pushing in, the pulling back, at the same time gave it an edge to keep it contemporary.”
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