The guy who played Furio Giunta in The Sopranos is taking Williamsburg back to 1973.
Federico Castelluccio’s first feature as a director, “Lily of the Feast” — an adaptation of a short film that won Best Director/Short Film at the 2011 Long Island International Film Expo — is filming in the neighborhood all month.
By the looks of the area around Muchmore’s, the mobster flick will feature a reenactment of the 127-year-old Feast of Our Lady of Mount Caramel. Unlike at the actual feast, which took place last month, “fresh brewed lager” at this one costs 50 cents for a pint and 75 cents a jug.
The set also features stands hawking pina coladas, zeppoles, and iced cappuccinos (75 cents — nowhere near today’s iced coffee prices).
Oh, and of course the 80-foot-tall Giglio. (By the way, how did we miss this amazing trailer for this year’s lift?)
Filming continues through Friday, with production vehicles taking over Havemeyer between North 7th and 9th, North 8th between Roebling and Meeker, and Withers between North 9th and Union.
Here’s Variety‘s description of the film:
Santo Bastucci, a local banker with a rare gift for memorizing numbers. Unwittingly cast into the forefront of an aging wiseguy’s bid for power, Santo is caught between the loyalty he has for his cagey father-in-law, Benny; his childhood friend, Basta and his street-wise uncle, Matteo, the pastor of their Brooklyn church.
You can watch the original short — which features Antoinette LaVecchia of The Sopranos, Paul Sorvino of Goodfellas, and Tony Lo Bianco of The French Connection — over on Vimeo. Despite the shot of Bamonte’s it was actually shot mostly in Jerz.
Correction: The original version of this post misidentified LaVecchia and Lo Bianco as actors in the feature rather than the short.