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in collaboration with the Provincia Autonoma di Bolzano Alto
BLS - Business Location Südtirol Alto Adige
produced by Matilde and Luca Bernabei
Terence Hill in
"One Step From The Sky"
TV series 12 x 50’
(6 prime-time episodes)
Broadcast by RAIUNO from Sunday, April 10th
Francesca De Michelis
Luisa Cotta Ramosino
Original music by
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Cast of Characters
Gaia Bermani Amaral
The eyes are the light-blue and deep eyes of Terence Hill,
whose past is surrounded by a mysterious halo. It is Pietro, the
chief of the Corpo Forestale (Corps of forest rangers) team in the little
town, a man of the woods with a dark secret behind. He has been a
mountain legend, a climber capable of conquering the most difficult
peaks until a tragic accident marked his innermost self. Since then,
his life has changed: Peter decided to retire to his mountains to
restore his spirit.
Listening to the wind, Pietro is able to spot the traps scattered
in the woods as well as the traps set by life. His kingdom is the
park bordering the small village of San Candido, squatting at the
foot of the Dolomites, whose white peaks preside over the
enchanting peace of the place. From the glistening slate roofs of the
wooden houses crowding the small streets around the main square,
plumes of white smoke blowing from the chimneypots are reaching
the sky. When winter breaks in with its snow and ice, the landscape
changes into a white sea, from which woods and mountains stand
out like little islands. Our hero has his mission: defence of life and
nature in this place.
It is the exact contrary of the lifestyle of Vincenzo (Enrico
Ianniello), Neapolitan career policeman used to following the
frenzy daily life rhythms of the city, speeding in the traffic to run
after bandits, penetrating gangs to break up drug trafficking.
Promoted to the mountain just to get rid of him, Vincenzo is
annoyed with overwhelming tranquillity and the long operating
times. He cannot share the point of view of Pietro, but above all, he
finds himself daily fighting with Silvia (Gaia Bermani Amaral), the
village veterinary collaborating with forest rangers who will also
be involved in the cases tackled by Vincenzo. Apart from work, the
clash is also repeated in private life for the two of them are actually
sharing the quarters of the barracks temporarily hosting the police
and the Forestale.
While investigating unusual, at times weird cases, forced to
decipher clues hidden in the nature around, the clash-encounter
with Pietro and his philosophy will lead Vincenzo to love this
enchanted places and their language, to such an extent as to make
him call into question his life.
The main characters are immersed in the world of a small
mountain town, with its particular figures and its traditions: from
former woodman Felicino called "Roccia" (Francesco Salvi), man
Friday of Pietro, living with his energetic sister Assunta (Katia
Ricciarelli), to Huber (Gianmarco Pozzoli), a policeman who dreamt
of becoming a forest ranger; but now he has several relational
problems due to the temperament of his new chief, Vincenzo.
This story combines the epic, timeless heroes of Western films
with a narration full of adventure, in a “fairy-tale” natural scenery.
Crime detection and comedy, dramas, love and friendship stories,
secrets coming out of the past, a confrontation of nature, animals
and people linked to the only thread of a narration full of adventure.
EPISODE 1 – The Spirit of the Wolf
Story and screenplay by Mario Ruggeri
The quietness of San Candido is broken by the finding of the corpse of a
young girl torn apart by a wolf. The beast hunt starts immediately…
In the meantime, Vincenzo, a young Neapolitan police inspector, arrives in
the village. The man doesn’t really feel at ease amidst Dolomite mountains;
and the situation is worsened by the fact that he has to share the barracks with
forest rangers, and in particular, with Commander Pietro. And to make
matters worse, though very seriously engaged, the policeman is forced to
share quarters with Silvia, a young veterinary…
EPISODE 2 – The Ghost of the Mill
Story and screenplay by Mario Ruggeri
Following an old legend, the ghost of a hungry child has been roaming the
woods of San Candido for centuries. Bepi, a hale little old man who likes to
bend the elbow, is sure he has spotted him. At the same time, the son of a
family of builders has been kidnapped… So which child did Bepi see? The
disappeared one or the legendary ghost?
In the meantime, Giorgio, the nephew of Pietro, arrives in the village. The
boy comes from Milan, where he was sued for motorway stop robbery. His
mother took him there hoping he would benefit from the fresh air of San
EPISODE 3 – The Day of the Saint
Story and screenplay by Francesca De Michelis
A mysterious hermit, a friend of Pietro’s, is found dead in his refuge in the
mountains around San Candido. However, three days later, the body has not
decomposed, yet, and the people in the village hail it as a miracle… But soon
the police and the forest rangers realise that the truth about his death has to
be sought in the past.
Meanwhile, Pietro decides not to sue Giorgio who’s destroyed a ranger car: in
exchange for that, the boy will have to work for him…
EPISODE 4 – The Test of the Fire
Story by Luisa Cotta Ramosino; screenplay by Francesco Arlanch
A series of arsons threatens the woods and the people living in San Candido.
One of them destroys a small conserve factory, inside which the corpse of the
owner is found. The interests at stake are remarkable, and it will not be easy
for our heroes to throw light on the facts occurred…
Pietro accepts Giorgio’s request to teach him climbing, and starts an unusual
training. Vincenzo is involved by Silvia in a Latin American dance competition
bound to go over and above the expectations of the two…
EPISODE 5 – Roe Deer Poisoned
Story by Debora Alessi and Enrico Oldoini; screenplay by Debora Alessi
During a meal at Assunta’s malga (alpine house), a well-known benefactor of
San Candido dies of poisoning. The accused roe was cooked by Chiara,
Roccia’s daughter. The girl cannot accept she is the cause of a man’s death,
but Pietro suspects it was not an accident in the least.
Vincenzo is wracked with guilt for kissing Silvia on the evening of the dance
competition. To make things more complicated, his fiancée Marcella is
arriving in San Candido…
EPISODE 6 – Treasure Hunt
Story by Luisa Cotta Ramosino; screenplay by Mauro Graiani
On her hundredth birthday, old Teresa reveals live on TV the existence of a
treasure hidden in San Candido during World War II. Swarms of curious
people arrive in the village looking for the hidden treasure. But when Teresa is
assaulted, the odd treasure hunt changes into the search for a potential
In the meantime Marcella, Vincenzo’s fiancée, has got to San Candido causing
havoc in the quiet village. Silvia and Marcella become friends, at least until
Vincenzo admits betrayal…
EPISODE 7 – Saved from the Waters
Story by Luisa Cotta Ramosino; screenplay by Francesco Arlanch
One morning Pietro finds a baby in a cradle under his Braies lake dwelling.
The mother’s search for the baby intertwines with the investigation for a
murder occurred in a nearby rest area…
In the meantime, it is up to Vincenzo and Silvia to look after the baby. In this
way, they happen to spend a long time together. However, at the end of the
episode, Marcella is back again, taking our police chief by surprise with an
EPISODE 8 – A Jump into the Void
Story by Francesca De Michelis; screenplay by Francesca De Michelis and Mario
Village festival in San Candido: one of the amenities is bungee jumping for
two. However, something goes wrong and one of the pairs has a mortal
accident. But it’s not just an accident…
Meanwhile the three people living in the police and Forestale flat are getting
on well. Vincenzo and Marcella are making wedding preparations. Hard to
believe: Vincenzo’s fiancée asks Silvia for advice. Vincenzo is in the middle
and does not know what to do. In the meantime, Giorgio and Matteo defy
each other to climb a rock face to draw Chiara’s attention…
EPISODE 9 – The Monster of the Lake
Story by Francesca De Michelis and Luisa Cotta Ramosino; screenplay by Francesca
De Michelis and Mario Ruggeri
Crocodiles, iguanas and parrots: exotic animals are seen several times, and San
Candido is thrown into turmoil. The death of a well-known veterinary in the
area makes things more complicated. Is it somewhat connected to the
presence of those unexpected “guests”?
Meanwhile the day of the challenge between Giorgio and Matteo comes; and
they almost lose their lives. Fortunately Pietro arrives...
EPISODE 10 – The Queen Bee
Story by Andrea Valagussa; screenplay by Mauro Graiani
A man is found dead outside a bee firm near San Candido. It looks like
suicide, but the handgun shooting the man to death is… Roccia’s! Our ranger
gets tangled in this investigation, above all, in the light of his “special”
relationship with the former wife of the dead…
In the meantime, while the day of his wedding with Marcella is approaching,
Vincenzo’s crisis is getting more and more serious.
EPISODE 11 – The Flight of the Eagle
Story and screenplay by Mario Ruggeri
The terrible crash of a microlight upsets our rangers and the whole San
Candido. The pilot was a boy with bad record for driving under the influence
of drink. And to make matters worse, some ecstasy pills are found in the
wreckage of the plane…
After Marcella’s farewell, Vincenzo and Silvia draw close again when they are
forced to collaborate for the birth of a calf.
Claudia takes Pietro the drawing of a cross: she would like him to sculpture it
in order to replace the one destroyed by a thunderstorm on top of a
EPISODE 12 – The Tear of the Giant
Story and screenplay by Mario Ruggeri
The Tear of the Giant is preserved at a goldsmith’s laboratory of San
Candido; it is a crystal of the Dolomites with a great symbolic value for the
people living in the village. When the shop is robbed and the Tear disappears,
the hunt for the offender begins. The testimony of the owner ending up in
hospital seems to nail our Giorgio, who has left the village in the meantime.
According to Vincenzo and Silvia, it is time for a decisive confrontation, while
Pietro, who has just finished sculpting the cross, is finally able to face up to all
TERENCE HILL - PIETRO
MARIO GIROTTI was born in Venice; his father was Italian
while his mother was German. He shoots his first film when he is
just twelve: VACANZE COL GANGSTER (1952), directed by Dino
From the end of the fifties until the beginning of the sixties, he
works with famous directors such as Mauro Bolognini, LA VENA
D’ORO (1955), and Gillo Pontecorvo, THE WIDE BLUE ROAD
Moreover, he is the main character in several popular, really
successful films such as GUAGLIONE (featuring Claudio Villa and
CERASELLA (Claudia Mori), IO NON PROTESTO, and IO AMO
In 1963 he is in the cast of a famous film by Luchino Visconti,
THE LEOPARD, as a young officer from the north of Italy.
In 1964 Terence leaves Italy and moves to Germany, in order
to let his audience forget the young teenager. He actually starts
playing roles in the first European westerns based on the works of
the famous writer Karl May. Owing to those films, he becomes very
popular for the German audience, still celebrating him with frequent
exhibitions and events.
In 1967 he goes back to Italy with the stage name Terence Hill
for the film BARBAGIA by Carlo Lizzani, in which he plays the role
of the bandit Graziano Mesina.
After that successful film, he decides to remain and becomes
famous for the general public, above all, thanks to spaghetti
westerns. Among many of them, we recall: GOD FORGIVES... I
DON’T (1967), THE FOUR OF THE HAIL MARY (1968), and BOOT
HILL (1969), all of them by Giuseppe Coalizzi; and the famous
THEY CALL ME TRINITY (1971) and TRINITY IS STILL MY NAME
(1971), both of them directed by E.B. Clucher (Enzo Barboni).
The famous pair TERENCE HILL/BUD SPENCER was born
exactly thanks to those films. We would find the pair in lots of
successful films later on:
ALL THE WAY, BOYS (1972) by Giuseppe Colizzi; WATCH
MISSIONARIES (1974) by Franco Rossi; CRIME BUSTERS (1977) by
E. B. Clucher; ODDS AND EVENS (1978) by Sergio Corbucci; I’M
WITH THE HIPPOS (1979) by Italo Zingarelli; A FRIEND IS A
TREASURE (1981) by Sergio Corbucci; GO FOR IT (1983) by E. B.
Clucher; DOUBLE TROUBLE (1984) by E. B. Clucher; MIAMI
SUPERCOPS (1985) by Bruno Corbucci.
Those films achieve a huge box office and audience success
(just the two Trinities were seen by over 22 million people in Italian
In 1973, in another western with Henry Fonda, he is one of the
two main characters of the film MY NAME IS NOBODY, directed by
Tonino Valeri, while in 1976 he takes part in THE DESERT OF
TARTARS by Valerio Zurlini.
In the following years, Terence Hill establishes himself abroad,
too, and he is often busy with films produced in France, England or
the United States: MR BILLION (1976) by Jonathan Kaplan;
MARCH OR DIE (1977) by Dick Richards; THEY CALL ME
RENEGADE (1987) by E. B. Clucher.
DON CAMILLO (1984) marks his debut as film director.
In 1997 he makes Santa Fè, the LUCKY LUKE TV series in
which he plays the famous cowboy from the comics drawn by
French writers Morris and Goscinny. The film version of LUCKY
LUKE is hugely successful in both France and Germany.
In 1994, once more he is the partner of Bud Spencer in the film
TROUBLEMAKERS, directed by Terence himself.
His latest film adventure is the science fiction detective film
VIRTUALLY YOURS (1995), co-starring Marvin Hagler.
Since 1999, Terence Hill has been busy with a new stimulating
adventure with the successful series of DON MATTEO, broadcast
for a good seven seasons (2000-2010; produced by Lux Vide).
This Italian format has become one of the most popular TV
series in Italy, and has been exported throughout the world. Among
its many film directors, we recall Oldoini, Barzini, Pompucci, Base,
Marchetti, and Carmine Elia.
At present, the eighth series is being written.
In 2005, Terence shoots the Miniseries L’UOMO CHE
SOGNAVA CON LE AQUILE, directed by Vittorio Sindoni
(produced by Albatross).
In 2008, for Rai 1, he plays in the Miniseries L’UOMO CHE
CAVALCAVA NEL BUIO, directed by Salvatore Basile (produced
In September 2009, DOC WEST, produced by De Angelis and
directed by Giulio Base, was broadcast by Canale 5.
KATIA RICCIARELLI - ASSUNTA
- "The friends at Margherita café", directed by P. Avati
- "Black and White", directed by C. Comencini
- "Buon Natale", promo director I. Salvetti
- "The second wedding night", directed by P. Avati
For that film, she won the Nastro d'Argento 2006 as the best actress
in a leading role
- "Glorious!" by P. Quilter, directed by E.M. Lamanna, as the main
character: opera singer Florence Foster Jenkins (Festival of Boggio
- "Wilma's Farm", directed by A. Togliani
- "Io Canto", Canale 5, directed by R. Cenci, permanent guest
- "Concerto in Cucina", Sky TV sitcom, anchorwoman
- "Ritmo", directed by R. Izzo
- "Cena di Natale con sorpresa", starring the Trio Medusa
- "Ospite a sorpresa", TV sitcom
- "Carabinieri 7", directed by R. Mertes, D. Trillo and A. Cane
- "Un dottore quasi perfetto", directed by R. Mertes
- "Ma chi l'avrebbe mai detto", directed by G. Gamba
- "I giorni perduti", directed by B. Gaburro
- "The Farm"
- "Terence Hill is... Don Matteo", directed by A. Barzini (episode:
"Behind the curtain")
- "Gian Burrasca"
- "Othello", directed by F. Zeffirelli
- "Turandot", directed by R. Greenberg
- "Falstaff", directed by B. Large
- "Le Grand échiquier", directed by A. Fiederick
- "A masked ball", directed by B. Large
She studied with I. Adami Collaretti and obtained a singing diploma
from the Conservatorio di Venezia. She debuted in Mantua in "La
Bohème" in 1969, and at the Teatro Regio di Parma in "Il Trovatore", in
1970. She won the Rai Contest Verdi Voices: since then, she has been
singing in all the main world theatres. Thanks to the peculiar colour
of her voice, she debuted as Verdi soprano in operas and works
such as "La Battaglia di Legnano" (The battle of Legnano), "Giovanna
d’Arco" (Joan of Arc), “Il Corsaro” (The Corsair), “I Due Foscari”(The
Two Foscari), "Othello", "Simon Boccanegra", "Don Carlo", "Un Ballo
in Maschera" (A Masked Ball), "Luisa Miller", "La Traviata",
"Rigoletto", "Falstaff", and "Messa da Requiem". She faced the
repertoires of Donizetti and Bellini in "Anna Bolena" , "Lucrezia
Borgia", "Maria de Rudenz", "L'Elisir d'Amore" (The Elixir of Love),
"L'Esule di Roma" (The Exile from Rome), "Polluto", "Zaira", "Capuleti
e Montecchi", "I Puritani" (The Puritans), and later on, of Rossini, too,
showing everyone her great vocal agility in "Semiramide",
"Tancredi", "La Donna del Lago" (The Lady of the Lake), "L'Assedio di
Corinto" (The Siege of Corinth), "La Gazza Ladra" (The Thieving
Magpie), "Il Viaggio a Reims" (The Journey to Reims), "Bianca e
Falliero", "The Barber of Seville", "La Cenerentola", and "Stabat
Today, her repertoire includes a great deal of operas from
contemporary Baroque such as: "Agrippina", "Orfeo e Euridice",
"Paride e Elena", "Armida", "Don Giovanni", "Medea", "Werther",
"Carmen", "Tosca", "Suor Angelica", "Turandot", "Andrea Chenier",
"Fedora", "Adriana Lecouvreur", "Pagliacci" (Clowns), "Il Giro di
Vite" (The Turn of the Screw), and the operetta "The Merry Widow".
Directed by Maestros such as Von Karajan, Giulini, Gavazzeni,
Abbado, Muti, Maazel, Davis, Levine, Metha, Pretre, she cut over 36
operas (including the world premiere of "Amica" by Mascagni) for
record companies DGG, Philips, Sony, RCA, Fonit Cetra, CBS,
Virgin Decca, and EMI, as well as oratorios, duets, arias, recitals.
With Domingo and film director Zeffirelli, she was an unforgettable
"Desdemona" in the opera film "Othello". Her concert activities are
also intense, with the strings of La Scala, I Solisti Veneti, Le
Vivaldiane. As patroness of the “Associazione Thalassemia”, she
performs recitals with charity and humanitarian purposes. In 1994,
for her 25-year career, she was appointed Kammersungerin in
Vienna, and in Italy, Grand Officer of the Italian Republic. Her real
commitment to young singers led her to establish the “Accademia
Lirica Internazionale” in 1991, of which she is Art Director; she is
also in the teaching staff of the Accademia. Since 1998, she’s also
been Art Director of the “Teatro Politeama” of Lecce. In 1999, for her
30-year career, she was celebrated in Italy and in the world through
lots of important initiatives, including new opera debuts, concerts,
exhibitions, a volume with the complete historiography of her
career, a 30-year career CD from DGG collecting the most famous
arias she has sung, and many TV appearances. Latest works: "La
Fedora", starring José Cura, and, in 2001, "Werther" featuring tenor
Sabbatini. In 2002: "Le convenienze ed inconvenienze teatrali"
(Conventions and Inconveniences of the Stage) by Donizetti, "Edgar" by
Puccini at the Teatro Politeama of Lecce, opera season 2002. Recitals
at N. Delhi, Cordoba, Buenos Aires.
2002: Recital in Carthage, Concert at the National Theatre of Costa
Rica, S. José, in the presence of the President of the Republic.
Musical "Caruso" concert tour in Italy.
Main interpreter of the new opera "Il fantasma nella cabina", based
on texts by Camilleri, performed in Bergamo at the Donizetti
Theatre on 13 December.
2003: “Rinaldo” by Handel, directed by P. L. Pizzi, at the Teatro
Politeama of Lecce on 2 May.
Art Director of the “Sferisterio di Macerata” since 2003.
In 2004, she was awarded the honour of Commendator of the
Republic of San Marino.
ENRICO OLDOINI – Film director
Born in La Spezia on 4 May 1946, when he’s twenty he moves
to Rome where he attends University and enrols at the National
Academy of Dramatic Arts. He starts his film activity as scriptwriter
and screenwriter, for films such as Stay As You Are (1978), Talcum
Powder (1981), The Pool Hustlers (1983), Acqua e Sapone (1983),
Una botta di vita (1988), and Tolgo il disturbo (1989).
As film director, he debuts with “Cuori nella tormenta” (1984),
starring Carlo Verdone, Lello Arena and Marina Suma. In the
following years, he was the screenwriter and film director of funny
and very successful films: Vacanze di Natale ‘90 (1990), Vacanze di
Natale ‘91 (1991), Anni ‘90 (1992), and Miracolo Italiano (1994).
1996 is the year of “Dio vede e provvede”, which is his first
experience as TV director (produced by Lux Vide); the film was
welcomed by both critics and the audience. Immediately after
directing the nuns of “Dio vede e provvede’’, Enrico Oldoini made
the TV film “Nuda Proprietà” for Lux Vide again, in 1996, which he
himself wrote together with Paola Pascolini; the film was broadcast
by Rai Uno. The film won important audience and critic awards;
among other things, Lino Banfi, the main character, was awarded
the first Prize at the Festival of Shanghai. In 1997 he was back on
stage again to direct six episodes of the second series of “Dio vede e
provvede”; for the cinema, ha directed Paolo Villaggio in “Un
bugiardo in Paradiso”.
The period from 2000 to 2004 is marked by the great success of
“Don Matteo”, starring Terence Hill; he directs 21 episodes and
signs the series story.
Then his TV career went on with the successful first season of
“Capri” (2006) and “Giudice Mastrangelo” for Mediaset, featuring
Diego Abatantuono in the leading role (2007).
In 2009 he went back to the cinema with "I mostri oggi".
LUX VIDE - Sketch
Lux Vide is a leading company in the production of fiction in
Europe. Founded in 1992 by Ettore Bernabei together with a group
of Italian entrepreneurs, Lux Vide was established with the aim of
producing TV programmes with high artistic and cultural value,
meant for a family audience.
The company is immediately known all over the world for the
BIBLE project: 21 TV prime-time events produced for Rai Uno from
1994 to 2002; they were sold to TV companies throughout the world.
The miniseries “Joseph” won the prestigious Emmy Award, the
Oscar of American TV, while “Jesus”, co-produced with CBS, got a
25-million rating in the United States, as well as a second Emmy
After the BIBLE project, Lux Vide pledged to carry out
happening miniseries about the great personages of the Twentieth
century. The first episode, “Pope John - Ioannes XXIII”, broadcast by
Rai Uno in April 2002, obtained the record share of 52%. 2003 is the
year of the highly successful “Mother Teresa”, followed by a cycle of
Rai 1 miniseries dedicated to the stories of the saints, such as “Padre
Pio” (Pio of Pietrelcina), “Don Bosco” and “Chiara e Francesco”. In
2005, it was the turn of “Pope John Paul II”, starring Jon Voight (best
actor at the Emmy Awards), co-produced with CBS and Polish TVP;
2009 was the year of “Paul VI - A Pope in the tempest”. With those
projects, Lux Vide accomplished the feat of spreading Christian
roots through the TV medium, matching art ambitions with the
favour of the general public.
Lux Vide has always tried to direct its production choices to
the international market, involving important partners in Europe
and the United States. In 2007 they made “War and Peace” (in four
episodes) from the Tolstoy novel. It was a great feat - 7 co-producing
countries – with an unprecedented financial investment in the
European TV scenario. The latest successful co-productions were
“Soraya”, “Callas Onassis”, and “Coco Chanel”. For the latest, Lux
Vide obtained the nomination as the best miniseries and the best
actress (Shirley MacLaine) for the Emmy Awards 2009, and a
Golden Globe nomination in the same year. The most recent coproduction is "Pinocchio", with audience record in the 2009-2010
Apart from contemporary history, Lux Vide wanted also to let
people experience the most distant past. The IMPERIUM project is a
collection of miniseries with international appeal (main characters:
Omar Sharif, Peter O’Toole and Charlotte Rampling), telling about
the greatness and decline of ancient Rome. “Augustus”, Nero”,
“Saint Peter” and “Pompei” are the exciting chapters of a route
ending with the Rai Uno success of “Saint Augustine”, in January
However, Lux Vide is also a leader in Italian long and medium
TV series, the main of which are “Don Matteo”, a classic of Italian
TV by now, reaching its eighth season, and “Ho sposato uno sbirro”
(two successful series). As for miniseries, we recall the biographies
of “Meucci”, “Edda Ciano”, and “Enrico Mattei”.
Until today, Lux Vide has produced films for almost 500 hours
on the whole, for high-quality prime-time TV programming.