LUCA, FILM 2021
Luca is a 2021 animated film, directed by the Enrico Casarosa and post-produced by Pixar and Walt Disney Pictures. Casarosa spent his holidays as a child in the Cinque Terre and thought of this area as a location.
The film tells the story of Luca Paguro, a shy 13-year-old sea monster capable of assuming human form. Luca lives on the bottom of the Ligurian Sea as a mullet shepherd, near the town of Portorosso. During the film, Luca makes friends with Alberto Scorfano, his age, and above all, a sea monster too who lives on earth. Thus the two begin a series of adventures on the mainland between ice cream, pasta and Vespa rides with a group of friends including Giulia Marcovaldo.
Portorosso refers to all the Cinque Terre:
In the film there are references to other Ligurian locations:
To celebrate the release of the film, temporally and now removed, two underwater states were created depicting Luca and Alberto, two and a half meters high and lying on the seabed off Monterosso at a depth of 5 meters.