From the novels of Giancarlo Carofiglio, the fiction with Alessio Boni in the role of Marshal Pietro Fenoglio
November 27, 2023 at 10:08 am
On the way from Monday 27 November on Rai1 “The Fenoglio method – The cold summer“, the TV series that adapts the trilogy “Il Maresciallo Fenoglio” (published by Einaudi) by Gianrico Carofiglio. In the role of the protagonist, the Piedmontese marshal Pietro Fenoglio, there is Alessio Boni.
The novelist himself also wrote the screenplay together with Antonio Leotti, Doriana Leondeff and Oliviero Del Papa. The fiction is directed by Alessandro Casale, produced by Clemart srl in collaboration with Rai Fiction and Latina Film Commission.
The action begins in 1991, in Bari. Marshal Fenoglio is part of the Carabinieri Operations Unit, to which he brings a keen investigative instinct and a profound respect for the law and the truth, even if his ability to step into the shoes of others, including criminals, often puts him in open conflict with his superiors. In the days following the arson of the Petruzzelli Theatre, the beating heart of the city of Bari, tension is sky high: ambushes, killings and cases of white lupara create a climate of terror that makes life in the city impossible. And Fenoglio is unable to decipher the reasons for that unprecedented explosion of violence. Until an unexpected and shocking fact emerges: the son of Nicola Grimaldi, the most powerful and ruthless boss in the area, has been kidnapped. The suspicion that local crime is no longer made up of just a handful of rival gangs, but that a real Bari mafia has been born is becoming more and more pressing. However, his investigations have not yet found any practical evidence and are met with opposition from his superiors. In collaboration with the police officer Pellecchia, whose brisk ways clash with the legalistic attitude of his superior, and with the surly and charismatic PM Gemma D’Angelo, Fenoglio discovers that the boss Grimaldi has paid a ransom to get his son back, but the child never returned home. Suspicions focus on Vito Lopez, former right-hand man of the boss Grimaldi: the friendship that has linked them for years has in fact entered into crisis and has resulted in a fratricidal and deadly fight. But is Lopez really the creator of the feud or is he just another scapegoat? The question torments Fenoglio, while on the increasingly dark horizon of national events, Cosa Nostra’s attack on the heart of the state unfolds with the mafia massacres of Giovanni Falcone, Paolo Borsellino and their respective escorts.
Cast and characters
Alessio Boni is Pietro Fenoglio
Piedmontese, he is a high marshal of the Carabinieri serving at the Bari Operations Unit. He does not like weapons and does not like arresting people, even if it is an inevitable part of his job. He is cultured (although self-taught), a passionate reader, lover of classical music, opera and painting. This makes him a white fly and arouses instinctive distrust among his colleagues. He is aware of it and makes no effort to mitigate it. Carabiniere almost by chance, he is the son of a police officer and would never have thought of following in his father’s footsteps. Only after his parent’s death did he decide to compete in the Army, surprising even himself with this choice and with a contradiction that he will deal with for the rest of his life. He has moved to Bari for ten years when the story begins. It is there that he met his partner, Serena, with whom he lives a passionate and playful relationship, even if sometimes clouded by the doubts that Fenoglio carries from his professional life to his private sphere.
Giulia Bevilacqua is Serena Morandi
Brilliant and extroverted woman, gifted with a sense of humor and capable of chasing Fenoglio out, making him smile even in difficult moments. Educated and independent, Serena comes from a middle-class family and has been teaching literature in a classical high school for several years, always with a rebellious attitude. Falling in love with a carabiniere like Fenoglio and even marrying him was an unconventional act that took everyone by surprise. Their relationship is a mature love, born only a few years ago. But it is precisely thanks to him that Serena begins to feel emotionally stable, ready to form a real family and have a child.
Paolo Sassanelli is Antonio Pellecchia
An officer of the Carabinieri, Antonio is an old-fashioned, abusive cop, not inclined to subtle distinctions, and considers procedural guarantees a waste of time. However, he is gifted with the ability to see the world from the point of view of criminals and has a dense network of confidants that allows him to have up-to-date news and information. He and Fenoglio are planets light years apart. Pellecchia is intolerant of the legalistic culture of his superior, he hates Fenoglio’s legal mind, but underneath he admires him precisely for his ability to navigate every situation, even the most difficult, without ever getting dirty. Separated, he has little contact with his ex-wife. For a few months now, her daughter Ketty has expressed her intention to settle in Bari to prepare for her high school exams. Pellecchia adores Ketty, despite never having lived with her and, while he tries to rediscover his role as her father, the investigation he conducts with Fenoglio brings to light a secret that Antonio hoped he had left in the past.
Giulia Vecchio is Gemma D’Angelo
Deputy Public Prosecutor at the Court of Bari, Gemma D’Angelo belongs to the group of magistrates that President Cossiga defined as “child judges”. You spent your first years of service in a border prosecutor’s office in Calabria. She is independent, courageous, she has learned to live with fear, horror, restlessness. This is why she comes across as cold and detached. And perhaps this is also the reason why there is no one in her love life at the moment. The return to Bari brings to the surface an old wound that Gemma hoped to have left behind her: the death of her brother Filippo from an overdose, which separated her from her parents. Especially from her Greek mother, Katerina, who in the meantime has rebuilt her life in her homeland. For Gemma, however, rebuilding her life is not easy. The details of Philip’s death are contradictory and make her sleepless. She knows that this is the investigation of her life and that she must find the truth at all costs.
Michele Venitucci and Vito Lopez:
Criminal by choice, Vito comes from a lower middle class family unrelated to criminal circles. Since he was a boy, he has shown intolerance for the rules that his family observes and shows an uncommon propensity for violence, as well as extraordinary abilities for reasoning, strategy and control over his own impulses. While in prison for an armed robbery, he commands respect and quickly gains criminal prestige which attracts the attention of Grimaldi, who is also imprisoned. The boss identifies in that boy in his early twenties the right man to support him in the prison war against the excessive power of the Neapolitan Camorra. He therefore proposes that he join the secret association Società Nostra. Vito accepts and from that moment their destinies will be linked until the dramatic mafia war that will see them as rivals at the beginning of the 90s. Their partnership, as well as criminal events, was fueled by deep human bonds: Lopez was the godfather of little Damiano Grimaldi’s baptism and the child has always considered him a point of reference, an uncle who understood him more than his father.
Marcello Prayer is Nicola Grimaldi:
Boss of a vast criminal organization, he started very young, moving from petty theft to robberies to drug dealing and extortion. When he is detained in Bari prison, at the beginning of the 1980s, he is a dangerous and feared criminal, but in fact he is a common criminal. His transition to a different criminal level occurs during the war that breaks out between the Apulian prisoners and the Neapolitan Camorra for dominance in the prisons. In a few months, almost out of nowhere, a mafia association composed of hundreds of people arises. Grimaldi becomes its leader, feared and respected, and governs all trafficking, illicit or apparently legitimate, in the areas north of Bari. But Grimaldi is alone in managing all this power. And in that cocaine-fueled solitude he becomes paranoid. He becomes convinced of the existence of plots to overthrow him. The result is an increasingly frenzied escalation of crimes, a true murderous frenzy that will culminate in the clash with Lopez.
The plots of the evening’s episodes
- First episode
- Episode 1: “A simple story”
Bari, October 1991. The murder of a loan shark seems just a case to be dismissed quickly. Marshal Fenoglio of the Carabinieri Operations Unit doesn’t think so. On the other hand, Fenoglio has theories that often conflict with those of his superiors. He knows that stories are never simple and that the small local underworld is taking the shape of a much more terrible and lethal organization.
- Episode 2: “A Changing Truth”
The murder of the loan shark seems solved, but Fenoglio still has too many doubts. Meanwhile, the relationship between Nicola Grimaldi, the boss at the top of the Bari mafia, and his lieutenant Vito Lopez is increasingly on a razor’s edge and peppered with crimes.
- Episode 1: “A simple story”
- Second episode
- Episode 3: “Brothers”
A criminal war has erupted in the last six months. Fenoglio and the officer Pellecchia investigate, when a senseless shooting claims innocent victims. Why are two blood brothers like Grimaldi and Lopez clashing with such anger?
- Episode 4: “The Innocent”
The discovery of a victim of the criminal war that broke out in Bari shakes the soul of Fenoglio and his colleagues and begins a desperate manhunt. Meanwhile, the officer Pellecchia and the PM D’Angelo are dealing with a personal past that they thought was now forgotten.
- Episode 3: “Brothers”
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