Carnera: The Walking Mountain
Carnera - Il campione più grande (Italy) (TV title)
April 22nd 2008: for the first time in his career, Renzo Martinelli, possibly the finest contemporary Italian movie director, is bringing one of his productions abroad. His latest movie, "Carnera – The Walking Mountain" has been presented at a world premiere at the Madison Square Garden in New York, just days before its official release in Italy
(April 30th 2008). A native of the Friuli region of Northern Italy, Primo Carnera fought his way, through suffering and adversity, to the top of a glorious boxing career that brought him to win the world heavy-weight championship in 1933, at the Madison Square Garden. Renzo Martinelli was bound to make a movie about the life story of Primo Carnera.
Two of his earlier productions, "Porzus" and "Vajont", were set in the Friuli region, and he is known for the accurateandcaptivating historical reconstructions that his movies are always based on.. Poetry and music that touch the souls of those who still look for true and deep meanings in the form of art that is cinema, without of course sacrificing entertainment and commercial success. The world premiere of "Carnera – The Walking Mountain" was conceived to deliver a memorable evening to movie, history, and boxing lovers alike. For one night, the Madison Square Garden will be transformed into an arena of the past, where authentic memories of the Carnera legend – thanks also to the presence of Carnera's son and daughter who will be guests of honor at the event – will meet the great international cast of the movie, that includes Academy Award winner F. Murray Abraham, Academy Award nominee Burt Young, Paul Sorvino, Kasia Smutniak, and above all the wonderful Andrea Iaia who, at 6'9", was able to stand up to the role of Primo Carnera.