Some Magic inside Details
At IFC Armando Iannucci unveiled to the lucky audience some secrets about his nominated Oscar film “In the Loop“. The casting began after he had finished the second draft of the script and then later the story was adapted and shaped so it will perfectly fit with the chosen actors. 257 pages-that’s how long the script was but the rhythm of the shooting was faster so the producers wouldn’t be tormented with headaches and bank’s threads. In 5 weeks all the film’s scenes were completed and the first cut of “In the Loop” had 4 hours and a half. It could have been presented as a TV miniseries. ..I guess. Before the first day of cinematography the entire cast spend a week together in a workshop where they rehearsed and discussed the scenes and got a chance to know each other. It was easy to move from one scene to the next because they used minimum light and the whole thing had to have a documentary look and feeling. Iannucci said that he had to censure himself in terms of angles because he wanted to avoid a chiseled unrealistic beautiful look. He did a lot of research before starting to write and many politicians told him that the film portrays too well the politic scene right now. That’s quite sad but it’s not really a surprise.even if for two hours. The politicians seemed to behave ridiculously like …kids. There’s a strong feeling that nobody has a clue of what needs to be done.
The choice in terms of cinematography and actors’ performing reminded me a great deal of “The Office” but these elements are not important in the end…The script’s unique sense of humor and precise sense of depicting reality is unmistakable. It’s the perfect combination of a documentary and a comedy with strong roots in today’s world. The English accent and colorful and suggestive expressions match together in an irresistible way.This is the cherry on the cake. I’m glad the film got an Oscar nomination.