'Rose Island': Release date, plot, cast, trailer and all you need to know about the Netflix Italian comedy
The much-anticipated comedy feature by Sydney Sibilia is based on the true story of engineer Giorgio Rosa and the independent micronation that he founded
Netflix will be bringing 'Rose Island'/L’Incredibile Storia Dell’Isola Delle Rose' on its platform in December. The much-anticipated comedy feature by Sydney Sibilia is based on the true story of engineer Giorgio Rosa and the independent micronation that he founded off the Rimini coast outside Italian territorial waters in 1968. The film is termed a Netflix original and boasts of an exciting cast. According to Teresa Moneo, director of International Original Films at Netflix, 'Rose Island' promises to be a universal story that would leave an impression on a global scale.
Here's everything you need to know ahead of the film's release.
'Rose Island' releases December 9 on Netflix.
Netflix's official synopsis reads: "An idealistic engineer builds his own island off the Italian coast and declares it a nation, drawing the world’s attention. Values are tested when the Italian Government declares him an enemy, but to change the world risks must be taken."
Elio Germano as Giorgio Rosa
Germano is known for his work in the Italian film industry. Some of his best projects include 'Blood — Death Does Not Exist', 'Napoleon and Me' and 'My Brother Is an Only Child'. These features saw him walk away with awards at the 58th Berlin International Film Festival, European Film Awards, and the Italian Golden Globes.
Matilda De Angelis as Gabriella
Angelis' credits include the films 'Italian Race', 'The Prize', and the television miniseries 'The Undoing'.
Fabrizio Bentivoglio as Franco Restivo
Bentivoglio is known for 'The Name of the Rose', 'Il flauto magico di Piazza Vittorio' and 'The Invisible Witness'.
Luca Zingaretti as Giovanni Leone, Tom Wlaschiha ('Jack Ryan'), Violetta Zironi, Fabrizio Rongione, Riccardo Marzi, Luca Della Bianca, Marco Sincini and Ascanio Balbo round up the rest of the cast.
'Rose Island' is co-written by Sydney Sibilia and Francesca Manieri. Matteo Rovere serves as the producer.
Ahead of the film's release, Rovere called the film unique and ambitious, according to a Deadline report. “It narrates a crucial event in our country which only a few people remember, and also focuses on universal ideals and topics," he said.
"It’s a story about freedom, brotherhood, sharing, which resonates with everybody. That’s why we are proud to have such an important international partner supporting this challenging movie, produced on a scale rarely seen in our country. Thanks to Netflix we have a guarantee of quality and international outreach. We can speak to the world and we are certain the world will identify with this all-Italian story and will be overwhelmed by it."
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