The meeting with the cast of Lolita Lobosco’s investigations, which returns with a second season in prime time on Rai1 from 8 January and promises a mix of noir and comedy with the ruthlessness and radiance of the deputy commissioner played by Luisa Ranieri.
After the success of the first season seen at its debut in February 2021 by around 7 million 535 thousand viewers, in the early evening of Rai 1from January 8, 2023 for 6 evenings they’ll be back, for one second season, the adventures of the deputy commissioner of the police station in Bari, Lolita Lobosco, played by Luisa Ranieri. Freely based on the novels by Gabriella Genisi, The investigations of Lolita Lobosco is directed by Luca Miniero, produced by Angelo Barbagallo’s Bibi Film and by Luca Zingaretti for Zocotoco. We had left Lolita determined to keep a promise: to find her father’s killer, after having ascertained his death by murder by the organized crime of Bari. We find her again with the same determination while at the same time tirelessly carrying out the investigations into new and increasingly complicated murder cases that require flexibility and creativity in their resolution.
In the meantime, Lolita’s love life will oscillate between almost consolidated loves, the one with Danilo (Filippo Scicchitano) and apparitions of old flames. Not only Lolita in this second season but also a lot of chorus, starting from a second chance for her mother Nunzia (Lunetta Savino) to new implications in the lives of Lolita’s trusted collaborators, Forte and Esposito and her best friend Marietta (Bianca Nappi). Noir and comedy between tradition and modernity for the second season of The Investigations of Lolita Loboscoall narrated by the director Luca Miniero, the producers Angelo Barbagallo and Luca Zingaretti and all the cast that we met at the press conference to present these new 6 episodes.
Hell can wait
The first to speak after the praise of the director of Rai1, Maria Pia Ammirati, is Luca Zingaretti, as a producer instead of his usual roles as an actor and husband of Luisa Ranieri. His Zocotoco is proud of this new venture: “The result of a second season is never taken for granted, especially if a series was very popular in its first season. Someone, I think Mattia Torre, said that hell is full of second seasons. As far as we’re concerned, I think hell can wait because the director Luca Miniero has given a narrative figure to the season and managed to do even better than the first“. He then concludes with an ode to his partner Luca Zingaretti, before leaving the attention in the hands of the interpreters: “Let me say hello to Luisa and her talent. She gave the character a melancholy but also an irony, a will to live and a warmth that was needed and that I had already glimpsed in her literary character. Lolita is a welcoming, Mediterranean woman, solidly anchored to her culture and traditions but she is a modern woman, projected into the future“.
The investigations of Lolita Lobosco, the Italian detective story declined for women
Lolita Lobosco and Luisa Ranieri: Similarities and differences
We began to know Lolita for 4 episodes in the first season, the second with its two more episodes, leaves room for further knowledge and Luisa Ranieri walks us through what is the essence of his character: “What’s nice about Lolita is that work is central to her life but it’s not central to our story, for the audience. What interests her most is this woman’s world. A southern woman not like the cliché of the past but projected forward who does not regret the choices made, she has placed love next to her and not in the centre. She is an imperfect woman who has fragility, she is sentimentally dysfunctional, she is a woman like all of us, a woman of today. About her Her imperfections make her feel close to other women, many very young people identify with my character“. As he had not done in February 2021, Ranieri repeatedly finds himself having to explain how much Lolita Lobosco is similar to her and what he envies her. One word to indicate what he would like to acquire from the deputy commissioner: “The ruthlessness – she replies confidently – because Lolita is in love with love, chasing passion, the here and now“. Adds: “The radiance and melancholy of the character belong to me a lot, a little less the ruthlessness and “malice”, especially with men“.
There are many female characters that make up The investigations of Lolita Lobosco and with them, many ways of being a woman. Thanks to Nunzia, Lolita’s mother, a widow for years who raised Lolita and her sister Carmela (Giulia Fiume), we explore the second chances of love, especially for those like her who are anchored in traditions and are no longer twenty. DiNunzia, Savino bezel He says: “In some ways Nunzia is a character who is part of a world that I had already faced in other roles and for me playing Lolita Lobosco is a pleasant walk. If I think of the ‘Studio Battaglia’ series, there is a job that I had to do differently, while Nunzia is part of my DNA as an actress. In this second season Nunzia will experience a rebirth, which seems to me to be told with great grace“.
The investigations of Lolita Lobosco, the author: “I created Lolita to fill a gender gap”
Are there women like Lolita?
There is often talk of the identification of the female audience with the character of Lolita, of how she is representative of a new model of modern woman. At some point, however, the question is inevitable: are there women like Lolita? Luisa Ranieri replies promptly: “This question gives me the opportunity to say that this is an invented character, he is ‘aspirational’, as we would like to be and as we would like to become and perhaps we are even becoming a bit since something has changed in this country. The lady next to me (Maria Pia Ammirati) has become the director of Rai Fiction, before her there was another, we have a female Prime Minister. Regardless of how we think about it, something is changing so this character brings with her this modernity of a woman that many would like to look like”. Luisa Ranieri then continues her final argument, also arguing the risk of falling into the cliché of the modern woman: “This character wasn’t there and now there is and then Gabriella Genisi and the screenwriters will be careful not to make him a cliché. In this second season we made her waver, have second thoughts, insecurities, fragility. The perfect character doesn’t exist because human beings aren’t perfect and this feminine is a bit of an aspirational feminine“.