Filming commences on brand new Sky Original drama, Dostoevsky

Filming commences on brand new Sky Original drama, Dostoevsky

Wednesday 5 October 2022

A Sky Studios production in association with Paco Cinematografica

The first TV series written and directed by the D’Innocenzo brothers

Production is underway for new Sky Original drama, Dostoevsky, produced in-house by Sky Studios, in association with Paco Cinematografica.

The six-part series, marks the first TV project from acclaimed Italian directors, screenwriters and brothers, Fabio and Damiano D’Innocenzo, who burst on to the international cinema scene in 2018 with their debut Boys Cry followed by the success of Bad Tales, winner of Silver Bear for Best Script at the 2020 Berlinale, and the critically-acclaimed feature film America Latina.

The D’Innocenzo brothers said: “Dostoevsky is the story of a man, a police officer, a ghost, a winter, a daughter, a friend, the end of a friend, a river, an assassin, a glistening fish, a broken hand, an abandoned daughter, a colonoscopy, a battery charger, a more esteemed colleague, an orphan, an orphanage, a pregnancy, a lost daughter, a younger colleague, an eye washed in a sink, an illness. Dostoevsky is the decisive battle among all of these elements in the world.”

Dostoevsky follows the life and investigative work of policeman, Enzo Vitello, played by Filippo Timi (Vincere, I delitti del BarLume, Favola, Le otto montagne).With a troubled past and an inevitable future, Enzo finds himself investigating the bloody trail of a ruthless serial killer, nicknamed Dostoevsky, because of the letters they leave at crime scenes, filled with gruesome details. Haunted by the killer's words, Enzo is pushed to embark on a dangerous solo investigation, getting closer and closer to the disturbing truth.

Nils Hartmann, EVP Sky Studios Italia and Deutschland said: “Fabio and Damiano are very talented writers and creatives with a unique voice, who will bring Sky customers and viewers around the world, a series as bold and surprising as their vision and we couldn’t be more excited to start production. They have assembled a stellar cast, led by Filippo in the lead role, and we’re proud that, as the second series to be produced in house by Sky Studios in Italy, we’re continuing to build a creative home for some of the industry’s most exciting talent to realise their vision, at scale.”

The series will also star Carlotta Gamba (Dante), Federico Vanni (Chiara Lubich – L’Amore vince su tutto, Io sono l’abisso) and Gabriel Montesi (Favolacce, Siccità, Romulus, Christian).

Written and directed by Fabio and Damiano D’Innocenzo, production is currently underway in and around Rome, Italy until the end of 2022. It will air on Sky Atlantic and streaming service NOW across all Sky markets, including the UK, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

NBCUniversal Global Distribution handle international sales on behalf of Sky Studios.

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We develop, produce, commission and fund original drama and scripted comedy for Sky’s 24m customers and beyond. Building on the success of critically-acclaimed Sky Originals including Emmy-winning “Chernobyl”, Bafta-winning “Patrick Melrose” and international hits “Das Boot”, “Riviera” and “Britannia”, Sky Studios is the new creative home of must-see Sky Originals, such as “The Rising”, “Blocco 181” and “Souls”.

We’re an agile Studio, seeking out the best untold stories from new voices while working in creative partnership with today’s best writers, producers and on-screen talent to bring viewers stories they wouldn’t find anywhere else.

With commissioning talent and production capability across the UK, Germany and Italy, we understand local tastes across Europe better than anyone else and have plans to more than double our investment in original content by 2024, fully supported and backed by Comcast NBCUniversal.

We’re also developing a new TV and movie studio, Sky Studios Elstree, which is expected to lead to the creation of over 2,000 new jobs and generate an additional £3 billion of production investment in the UK creative sector in the first five years alone.

About Paco Cinematografica

Paco Cinematografica was founded in 2003 by Isabella Cocuzza and Arturo Paglia. It collaborates with the most celebrated talents of the contemporary film scene. In addition to constantly discovering new authors, it aims to expand its natural propensity for the development and production of innovative projects of outstanding quality destined for the international market. 

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