Poignant, humorous and candid, Chi M'ha Visto, (Who Has Seen Me in English), a Cinemaitaliauk presentation is a film that traces the life of a guitarist who played for the greatest Italian artists but never got the fame he rightly deserved. He decides to disappear to become famous. The funny comedy scenes are set in Southern Italy. Director Alessandro Pondi will be present at the screening for the Q&A.
‘Who has seen me’ isn’t exactly a conceptually innovative comedy; but is a kind of unusual ride that makes it a deserving candidate to become one of the Italian "cases" of the year. The story is about a talented musician who has come to a certain dead end in his career and realizes that despite its value, the lights of the spotlights have always covered the others. Giuseppe Fiorello plays Martino Piccione who is the victim here. In spite of possessing a superfine technique that let him share the stage with the main Italian musicians; Fiorelli no longer has the face to present himself to the village where the usual goodmen have made his subject the new laughing stock of the country. Fortunately, Fiorello’s long-time friend Peppino, played by Pierfrancesco Favino, comes to Fiorello’s aide, who smartly devises a ploy that will immediately bring Fiorello to the center of media attention and that will be his disappearance.
As a film, ‘Who has seen me’ is the return to the classic Italian comedy made mainly of great actors, great jokes and great rhythm, to which a debutant director Alessandro Pondi has little to add, and perhaps it is even deliberate. To transform a normal comedy into one worth applauding, is absolutely an uphill task but the characters and situations are such that things fall in place for the film by the virtue of its subject matter. The strange couple Giuseppe Fiorello and Pierfrancesco Favino and the harmony born between them makes for most of the comic content of the film.
The Fiorello brothers deserve credit for having written and produced this film through their company IBLAFILM. The screenplay is by Paolo Logli and the director himself. It’s a lively and crackling film allowing us to spend an hour and a half without thoughts, reconciling viewers with an old yet never cliched way of doing comedy. The film presents a glimpse at the popular without getting sucked into the conventions of populism.
The film will be screened on June 17, 2018 at Genesis Cinema, 93-95 Mile End Rd, London E1 4UJ
For details, visit http://genesiscinema.co.uk
Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the film.