Rising star on the international entertainment scene, Italian actor of Calabrian descent, Giuseppe Bonifati is among the cast members of Ferrari, which will have its world premiere at the upcoming Venice Film Festival. The film, directed by Michael Mann, will be released in U.S. theaters on December 25, 2023. Bonifati plays Giacomo Cuoghi, a friend and colleague of Enzo Ferrari, the entrepreneur who created the iconic automobile. The film stars Adam Driver as Enzo Ferrari and Penelope Cruz as his wife, Laura Ferrari.
Bonifati comments the experience on set was “enriching, I would almost say a master class, where I was able to work with a director who is meticulous about every detail: the posture, the tension of a gesture or how to grasp an object in a way that is not obvious. It is also admirable that Michael Mann was able to make a film that he had wanted to make for at least 20 years.”
The cast of Ferrari also includes Shailene Woodley, Patrick Dempsey, Jack O’Connell, Sarah Gadon and Gabriel Leone. The screenplay, co-written by Mann and Troy Kennedy Martin, was inspired by Brock Yates’ book Enzo Ferrari – The Man and the Machine. Set in 1957, the story interweaves Ferrari’s personal life with his racing life, including the tragic Mille Miglia of that year, marked by Alfonso De Portago’s accident and the threat of bankruptcy.
Bonifati previously worked on Ridley Scott’s All the Money In The World and a BBC US series with Tom Hollander. Among his most original recent projects, after The Arty Party and Artbulanza, is Det Flyvende Teater/The Flying Theater.
“It is a unique format in the world, which started as a two-year pilot project at Billund Airport (Denmark),” he explains. “Since last February, we have even set up a studio theater. With our crew of actors, singers and dancers, we interact like an airline with passengers from all over the world. We surprise them with unique artistic experiences: performances and works at gates, terminals and baggage claim. There are events such as theater or dance performances in the hangars. Recently, one of our special versions of Anton Chekhov’s opera The Seagull was performed.”
Flying Theater is also presented in hangars at other national and international airports and festivals, including Timisoara, the European capital of culture, and will tour several countries in Scandinavia this fall, with plans to continue in Europe and Italy next year.
Bonifati is currently working on his directorial debut, a film set between Denmark and Calabria, titled Revenge is a Dish Best Served Cold, a contemporary film inspired by the tragedy of Hamlet.