“Riva in the Movie” is a new short film that celebrates the role the iconic boat brand has played in film over the years. In the short film, we see Italian cinema star, Pierfrancesco Favino, crossing Piazza San Marco just before dawn, in moonlight filtering through an evocative fog, as he boards a legendary Aquariva. His goal is to navigate through Venice’s canals to deliver a mysterious mahogany object to an equally mysterious recipient. The finale comes as a big surprise.
The short film is entitled Riva in the Movie Shot entirely in Venice, in locations including Piazza San Marco, Rialto bridge, the Lido and the Palazzo del Cinema, it takes us on a dream-like and touching journey through the canals and wonders of the world’s most beautiful city.
Equally superb is the soundtrack with a tribute to Nino Rota, the brilliant composer who helped make so many of Fellini’s films unforgettable, not to mention other masterpieces like The Godfather and The Leopard.
“The celebration of cinema with Riva’s magnificent boats, which have starred in so many films and introduced the whole world to Italian style and creativity: that is our aspiration for Riva in the Movie, a powerful short film starring the accomplished Italian actor, Pierfrancesco Favino, against the backdrop of Venice’s splendors” said Ferretti Group CEO Alberto Galassi. “Riva in the Movie is dedicated to everyone who believes in the magical power of imagination and talent.
Making of the Film
Riva in the Movie made its debut in September during the Venice Film Festival. The Riva brand has been admired on screens all over the world for more than seventy years: from classic blockbusters to major Italian hits like Mambo, La Baia di Napoli and Il Sorpasso, and from the James Bond saga and multiple award-winning art house films like La Grande Bellezza, to action movies like Nikita or Men in Black. Their story is also told in a prestigious new book with the same title as the film. Its 300 pages cover 39 films, with the original posters, hundreds of superb on-set and backstage photographs, 77 actors and 110 actresses: these are the numbers that describe a precious and exciting book to both read and browse through.
The passionate and spectacular ties between Riva and film will also be the subject of an exhibition at the Gritti Palace, the location of the magnificent Riva Lounge with its spectacular view over the Canal Grande. In extraordinary images, the exhibition will tell the story of the numerous films in which Riva boats have played an important and frequently starring role, alongside various Italian and international stars.