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Barry Morrow’s directorial debut “Smitten!”
As is widely known, the film “Rain Main” that was released in 1988 wrote Hollywood history. Barry Morrow, who received an OSCAR for it (that he dedicated to the real “Rainman” Kim Peek) was responsible for the film script. For his directorial debut, the farmer’s son from Minnesota pulled the script for the film “Smitten!” out of his hat, where it had already waited for no less than 15 years. The idea for the film was born during a vacation in South Tyrol in 1999. In the summer of 2015, he finally realised his film and among other sites also filmed at the Fane Alm. “I am a romantic, and this place is romantic.” (Dolomites, 14/15/16 August 2015). Together with his over 100-strong film crew, Morrow shot scenes for the film at Fane Alm for a period of four weeks.
A few highlights of events at the set:
- The Fane Alm underwent several smaller changes. A small cemetery as well as a bridge were constructed. Road lamps were set up as well to underline the Fane Alm’s character as a village.
- The lead actor, Darren Criss, fell in love – at least according to the script – with the local cow Lilly. Although “Smitten!” was the cow’s first film appearance, she pulled off a near perfect performance. She was trained by the Munich-based “cow whisperer” Michael Schweuneke, who prepared her for the shooting. Darren Criss, known for the American TV-series “Glee”, “American Horror Story” or “Transformers: Robots in Disguise” was enthusiastic about the cow. After the shoot, she even accompanied the film crew for taking additional photographs.
- Barry Morrow does not only like the scenery, but also the hospitality of locals in the Gitschberg Jochtal region, which is why he celebrated a great party together with locals in the Gitschberg Jochtal. Even the folkloric ladies’ dance group from Vals performed on that occasion.