Kościukiewicz as St. Francis in Cavani’s New Series
small, Kościukiewicz as St. Francis in Cavani’s New Series, Mateusz Kościukiewicz; photo by www.armandurbaniak.pl/Artrama, _mateusz_kosciukiewicz_.jpg
Mateusz Kościukiewicz will play St. Francis in a miniseries directed by Liliana Cavani, produced by RAI, Italy's national broadcasting company. It will the director’s third time portraying the saint’s life.
In Cavani’s previous film, St. Francis was portrayed by Mickey Rourke. The Italian director’s latest picture, shot in Rome and the surrounding Lazio region, will be broadcast by RAI after the holiday season.
The 81-year-old director noted that she revisits St. Francis’ character every 23 years. She also explained that she first intended to make a film about the saint back in 2012, and thus the film was not meant in homage to Pope Francis, who chose his papal name in honour of St. Francis.
The Italian cinema legend admitted that it took her quite a while to find the right actor for the main part. The perfect candidate was to “embody the anguish of today’s youth”, in a bid to show viewers how St. Francis’ persona and message still fit in with modern times. Cavani sees his message as a courageous rejection of materialism, mediocrity and the decay of moral values.
The 28-year-old Mateusz Kościukiewicz has already been awarded by the Polish Film Academy, as well as receiving a Zbyszek Cybulski award, regarded the most important prizes in the Polish film industry. The actor mentioned that St. Francis is also well-admired in Poland, and added that his own son’s name is Franciszek.
The actor thinks that there is a certain tendency for young people to withdraw into a world of self-interest, caused by economic difficulties and a lack of reference points. Kościukiewicz agrees with the director about the actual character of the saint’s message.
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Born in 1933 in Capri, Liliana Cavani is an acknowledged Italian director and writer for film and opera. She graduated in classical philology at the University of Bologna and from film directing at Rome’s Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia.
She produces political and social documentaries for RAI – one of which, La Donna nella Resistenza, dealt with the position of women. Her documentaries have often served as research for her feature films. Cavani has authored numerous opera adaptations in Milan, Bologna, Florence, Zurich, Paris and St Petersburg.
source: PAP, ed. by km, translated by Kasia Dolato