Italy’s Campania: Pics in the pipeline

'Eat Pray Love' among films camping out in Campania

Eat Pray Love

Driven by a desire to be faithful to the film’s source material, Sony Pictures and helmer Ryan Murphy decamped to Campania in September so they could shoot Julia Roberts eating a pizza in famed Naples pizzeria Da Michele and touring the city’s ancient Roman-era streets, known as decumani, just like the protag of the best-selling Elizabeth Gilbert memoir.

Benvenuti al Sud

Italo indie Cattleya, which is Universal’s Italian outpost, picked Campania’s Cilento province for its local remake of Gallic megahit “Welcome to the Sticks.” “Sud,” helmed by Luca Miniero, was shot partly in Castellabate, a hamlet perched on a sea-view hilltop, which is a Unesco World Heritage site, and also in the nearby Mediterranean park preserve.

Noi Credevamo (We Believed)’

Neapolitan auteur Mario Martone recently spent five weeks amid Cilento beaches and semi-abandoned ancient villages shooting his 19th-century-set epic about the revolutionary turmoil that led to Italy’s unification into a single country. Pic, also shot in Piedmont, is produced by Rome’s Palomar, Gaul’s Les Films d’Ici and RAI Cinema, and is vying for a Venice fest slot.

Passione

Helmed by John Turturro, this is a “Buena Vista Social Club”-like look at the deeply rooted musical riches of a city praised by Turturro as being “on the same level as Rio or New Orleans.” The Campania Film Commission, which contributed local coin, was also key to scouting locations, such as the Royal Palace hosting the city’s vibrant Piedigrotta song fest.

Tutti Pazzi Per Amore 2

Though Rome-based, Italy’s freshest and top-rated TV serial, a wacky romancer packed with Bollywood-style musical numbers, recently shot in Sorrento — the resort perched on a cliff overlooking the deep blue bay and the surrounding peninsula — all known as a prime romantic getaway. “Amore” is helmed by Riccardo Milani and produced by Publispei.

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