The scenario & the main character Chrysalis

Chrysalis Bartók

The other day, walking in the narrow streets of Ascona, the story of Chrysalis returned vivid in my mind.
For an author, experiences of this kind are very important since these allow to give a sort of “dimension” to what narrated with words in your own novel.
The town of Ascona, in the reality of these years, has suffered several times the flooding of the Lake Verbano … what would happen in the novel  The Annwyn’s Secret  is much more than just flooding due to climate changes.
I felt a strange feeling, almost of respectful fear, trying to imagine the lake reach even beyond the Via Borgo. From the lakeside up to the beginning of the street are around 15 meters difference.
Human behavior, if will not undergo wise and radical changes, is leading us towards self annihilation. It is not purely environmental matter, civic responsibility is to each one of us!
The main character, as in part already revealed in the metaphor of her very name “chrysalis” -butterfly cocoon-, in the evolution of the story will be undergoing profound changes. As young woman, she will first be compared with the burden of her supernatural nature and then she will have to take choices that will involve the heart and the sphere of feelings and the rational mind.
Chrysalis, being an annwyn, challenges the constraints of the Unified Power, takes liberties that may damage herself… but at the same time she can act very smartly pondering every action. The love for her brother and the hatred toward the killers of their parents, however, lead her sometimes to an irrational behavior. Only with the help of the impact characters, she finally manages to follow the rational mind.

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Marius Dr. Bartók friend

L’altro giorno, camminando nelle stradine di Ascona, le vicende di Chrysalis ritornano vivide nella mia mente. Per un autore, esperienze di questo genere sono molto importanti poiché permettono di dare una sorta di “dimensione” a quanto raccontato a parole nel proprio romanzo.
Ascona nella realtà di questi anni, ha sofferto più volte l’esondazione del lago Verbano… ciò che accadrebbe nel romanzo  Il segreto degli Annwyn  è molto più di una semplice esondazione dovuta al cambiamento climatico.
Ho provato una strana sensazione, quasi di rispettosa paura, nel cercare di immaginare il lago arrivare fin oltre la Via Borgo.
Il comportamento umano, se non subirà saggi cambiamenti radicali, ci sta conducendo verso l’auto annientamento. Non è una questione prettamente ecologica, la responsabilità civica è di ognuno di noi!
La protagonista principale, come in parte svelato già nella metafora del suo stesso nome “crisalide” -bozzolo di farfalla-, nell’evolvere della storia subirà dei profondi cambiamenti. Da giovane donna, sarà dapprima confrontata con il fardello della sua natura sovranaturale ed in seguito dovrà effettuare delle scelte che vedranno coinvolti il cuore e la sfera dei sentimenti e la Mente razionale.
Chrysalis, essendo una annwyn, sfida le coercizioni del Potere Unificato, si prende delle libertà che potrebbero danneggiarla… ma nel contempo agisce in modo molto intelligente ponderando ogni sua azione. L’amore per il fratello e l’odio verso gli assassini dei genitori, la portano però a comportamenti a volte irrazionali. Solo con l’aiuto dei personaggi secondari, riuscirà a seguire la mente razionale.

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Fascinating… looking around for who will be able to give life to my vision!

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Every now and then and not by chance, it happens to get subliminal messages
After the publication of the
Annwyn’s Secret, I got to see the movie Cloud Atlas (Lana and Lilly Wachowski & Tom Tykwer)

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Today I found myself watching the movie trailer Shaman (Marco Kalantari) maybe because for two years I went up to shamanism (related to my new novel not yet published)the fact is that I had a wonderful vision!

Next november, at the “pitch” of the screenplay of The Annwyn’s Secret at Torino Filmo Lab, I really wish to meet this austrian film director & producer!

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Friend’s curiosity and concern…

Last night I was talking with friends about the screenplay which is now being rewritten by Manuela Piemonte (with the supervision of the tutor Eva Svenstedt Ward)… and unexpected I received the nasty lower blow. I was questioned how I can cope with not being part of the fun! I replied that I do have deeper trust in the professionality of the scriptwriter and her tutor… and then, from thing born thing, they asked more details about the places in which the story develop.
I had already written down my considerations, here the details.

And since I know there is quite a bit of curiosity among you… yes: the editing is doing well by the british publisher Austin&Macauley! Soon the english readers will have the possibility to buy the novel…

Have a good read!

Ascona

 

Ascona

Small village which overlooks the lake Maggiore. The lakefront has remained the same in 2022, but the harbor has been broadened to accommodate more boats while all around for almost a mile, there is a bicycle path shaded by plane trees. It is at a point of the bike path that Chrysalis find on the ground the Vibratory Matrix.

The “Borgo”, center of the town, did not suffer major changes. The square with the Church of SS Peter and Paul (dating from 1200) has been restored and maintained, some buildings of the 17th. Century (eg. Casa Serodine) have also been mended as a cultural heritage.

The narrow streets that wind through the core of the town are the same, as well as the domestic courts of some bourgeois building, like the one where Hator Var Darquen de Aguilar has his own law firm.

You have to remember that with the death of two thirds of the world population, demographic development has almost stopped, and consequently there was a need to extend and/or to thicken the hectic construction of new housing.

The lawyer’s office, in an old building of 1800 on two floors, is described in detail. From the large entrance hall, you go up to the top floor using a granite staircase consumed by centuries. The interior is very rustic, with wooden lowered ceilings. A large terrace to the south, with plants, welcomes customers in warm weather.

On the ground floor is located the private study of Hator, as well as a Zen garden, accessible by activating a mechanism of high technology. There are several “secrets” jealously guarded by the lawyer within the building!

Some scenes take place in Hator’s villa beside the lake, or in the attic of the hotel where Lord Warden lives.

On either side of the river Maggia, completely dried up over time, the strip of land was reclaimed and the small airport has again been reactivated. It is used mostly by people at the top of the U.P., the pilot Martin in a hangar holds his aircraft “Dragon’s Fire.”

The area on the hill above Ascona, the Monte Verità, has remained intact and has not changed since 2022.

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Cannobbio

Like Ascona, is a lakeside town, where in the upper part of the town, close to of the old three floors buildings, Giacomo has his grocery shop.

In the narrow unclean streets, some dog tries his luck, in spite of the Experimental Team that would neutralize it.

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Paris (“French compartment”)

The first scene takes place in the hotel where Hator Var Darquen de Aguilar is staying, before going to the Cathedral of Notre Dame on the Ile de France.

The cathedral remained accessible, but completely unrecognizable in its interior. Devoid of any decoration, painting or memory of its former glory survived for centuries. Now it is a place of refuge for stray animals, fugitive criminals and homeless which are hiding there to evade the control of U.P.

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Clonmacnoise (“Irish compartment”)

The scenes take place in the immediate area around the ruins of the “Monastery of the Seven Churches” and within the archaeological zone.

Shannonbridge (“Irish compartment”)

The scenes take place in Sibéal cottage, in her “greenhouse” where she cure plants, regenerating them and above the surrounding hill where stands the immense Sacred Yew, planted by Druid priests 3500 years ago.

Here Chrysalis will meet for the first time with Gwynn ap Nudd. Unaware that the tree is a bridge between the worlds, the young hide within it the Vibratory Matrix. Other scenes take place in Riordan’s pub called the “Old inn Druid”.

(copyright of the pictures, see link)

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… and the scriptwriter is: Manuela Piemonte

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AdaptLab – The course for international scriptwriters wishing to develop a book-to-screen adaptation.
6 participants working on as much as pre-selected novels:
Geoff Bellhouse (UK)
Nathalie Biancheri (Russia/Italy/Germany)
Maxim Cirlan (Moldovia/Romania)
Philip Kelly (Ireland)
Ivan Knežević (Serbia)
Among the pre-selected novels: Buona Fortuna (Good Luck) by Barbara Fiorio, published by Mondadori (IT); Ti Ascolto (The Listener) by Federica De Paolis, published by Bompiani (IT); Il Segreto degli Annwyn (The Annwyn’s Secret) by Claudine Giovannoni, published by Edizioni Ulivo (CH); Extraits des Archives du District (From the Distric File) by Kenneth Bernard, published by Le Tripode Publishing (FR) and Gösta Berlings Saga (The Saga of Gösta Berling) by Selma Largerlöf, published by Penguin Classics (UK).
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The Annwyn Secret: the thrill to become a movie

 

AdaptLab: from page to screen 

This year L’immagine e la parola (Images and words)  (19 – 22 March) will be joined by a session of AdaptLab, a workshop on the adaptation of literary works for the screen, developed by TorinoFilmLab and addressing industry professionals. This major initiative from TorinoFilmLab will take place at Locarno for the very first time. AdaptLab will hold its inaugural session from 19 to 25 March, a workshop for directors and screenwriters from around the world who want to work in the field of adapting literary works for the screen. Twelve specially selected participants will be working on screen adaptations involving their own projects or based on novels chosen in advance by TorinoFilmLab. AdaptLab will follow every stage of the adaptation process, including by allowing participants to showcase their work to an audience of industry attendees at the next Meeting Event of TorinoFilmLab, scheduled for November. Participants will be mentored by three tutors who will be their guides along the complex adaptation pathway, fostering the exchange of ideas and the development of the various projects through group sessions and on-line networking. Among the books already picked out for adaptation is local Swiss writer Claudine Giovannoni’s novel Il segreto degli Annwyn (published by Ulivo, 2013).

Nadia Dresti, Delegate to the Artistic Direction and Head of International, Festival del film Locarno: “The opportunity for L’immagine e la parola to host an event of international standing such as AdaptLab is a source of considerable satisfaction for us. Thanks to funding from the Region this year we are in a position to put on L’immagine e la parola in tandem with a major event for industry professionals, raising the profile of our spring program still further.”

Carlo Chatrian, artistic director of the Locarno Film Festival: “The coming of Pawlikowski to Locarno enriches and clarifies the meaning of this year that it intends to explore the porous borders that are between word and image in motion, between the narrator who writes and that who films, between the subject of a story and that of a film. Whether in fiction or documentary, at home or abroad, Pawlikowski preserves that glossy and disillusioned glance that allows his stories to become much more than just individual stories. ”

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AdaptLab: dalla pagina allo schermo

Quest’anno L’immagine e la parola sarà affiancata da un’importante iniziativa del TorinoFilmLab destinata ai professionisti del settore, che per la prima volta si svolgerà a Locarno. Dal 19 al 25 marzo si terrà infatti la sessione inaugurale di AdaptLab, workshop per registi e sceneggiatori provenienti da tutto il mondo che desiderano lavorare nel campo dell’adattamento cinematografico di opere letterarie, con la presenza del regista polacco Pawel Pawlikowski,

Dodici i partecipanti selezionati che lavoreranno su adattamenti per il grande schermo attraverso un proprio progetto o lavorando su romanzi pre-selezionati dal TorinoFilmLab.

AdaptLab seguirà l’intero processo di adattamento, dando la possibilità ai partecipanti di presentare i propri lavori di fronte a una platea di professionisti del settore durante il prossimo Meeting Event del TorinoFilmLab, in programma a novembre. Tre tutor affiancheranno i partecipanti, guidandoli nel processo di adattamento, promuovendo lo scambio di idee e lo sviluppo dei progetti grazie al lavoro di gruppo e a sessioni online.

Fra i libri selezionati figura anche Il segreto degli Annwyn (Ed. Ulivo, 2013) della scrittrice ticinese Claudine Giovannoni.

 

Nadia Dresti, Delegata alla Direzione artistica e Head of International: “Avere la possibilità di ospitare durante L’immagine e la parola un evento di caratura internazionale come AdaptLab è per noi motivo di grande soddisfazione. Grazie al sostegno della Regione possiamo quest’anno affiancare a L’immagine e la parola un importante appuntamento destinato ai professionisti del cinema, che conferisce ulteriore lustro al nostro evento primaverile.”

Carlo Chatrian, Direttore artistico del Festival del film Locarno: “La venuta di Pawlikowski a Locarno arricchisce e precisa il senso di questa edizione che intende esplorare le frontiere porose che stanno tra parola e immagine in movimento, tra l’io che scrive e quello che filma, tra il soggetto di un racconto e quello di un film. Che sia nella finzione o nel documentario, in patria o all’estero, Pawlikowski conserva quello sguardo lucido e disincantato che permette alle sue storie di diventare molto più che dei racconti individuali.”

Gwynn ap Nudd

Vamaran

Gwynn ap Nudd, the White son of the Night in Welsh mythology, is the ruler of the Tylwyth Teg, the Little People.
Summoned by Lord Warden, in the guise of Vamaran, the charming White ruler tries to seduce Chrysalis.
But his contender Hator var Darquen de Aguilar is willing to do anything to defend the young woman!

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Gwynn ap Nudd, il Bianco figlio della Notte, nella mitologia gallese è il sovrano dei Tylwyth Teg, il Piccolo Popolo.
Evocato da Lord Warden, nelle spoglie di Vamaran, l’affascinante Bianco sovrano cerca di sedurre Chrysalis…
Ma il suo contendente Hator var Darquen de Aguillar è disposto a tutto pur di difendere la giovane donna.

How to develop the script

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Trying to define a guideline for the development of a script, I had to take the hand-written cards and process all in an approximate way.  There are several computer programs [thanks Cassidy Frazee!! 🙂  ]  but it appears to be quite complicated to use. I admit it: I am a bungling!

At a later time I will have to develop in depth the nature of the characters and revise all the dialogues. It will be absolutely necessary to have the figure of the storyteller as the novel spread over different levels -in real time, in the dream and in part linked to the Celtic legends-.

Believe me this would be a full-time commitment! And a bunch of fun guaranteed!

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Cercando di definire la linea direttrice per l’elaborazione di una sceneggiatura, ho dovuto riprendere le schede scritte a mano ed elaborare il tutto in un modo aprossimativo.  Ci sono diversi programmi informatici [grazie Cassidy Frazee 🙂  ] ma mi risultano assai complicati da utilizzare. Lo ammetto: sono una pasticciona!

In un secondo tempo dovrò sviluppare in modo approfondito il carattere dei personaggi e rivedere tutti i dialoghi. Sarà assolutamente necessario avere la figura del “narratore” in quanto il romanzo si sviluppa su diversi piani temporali -nel reale, nel sogno e nella parte legata alle leggende celtiche-.

Credetemi… questo sarebbe un impegno a tempo pieno! E un mucchio di divertimento garantito!