Idris Elba, automotive aficionado and multi-award winning actor explores, his "lifelong obsession" for cars in a new film for Grand Basel, the ultimate show for automotive masterpieces. Grand Basel will commence a worldwide tour commencing this September.
In the film, Idris explores the characteristics of a car that make it a masterpiece and seeks for an answer as to what gives a car its soul. The setting of the movie is highly significant, as it was shot inside the iconic Lingotto automobile factory in Turin.
Viewers are reminded of the connection between automobile and art, design, architecture and lifestyle.
Idris explores the emotional impact of the automobile, including his earliest motoring memories of pretending to drive in the back seat of his parents' car.
The intangible effects of the automobile are also expressed in the choice of director, Elias Ressegatti who is a Swiss-born, Los Angeles-based filmmaker. He received praise from motoring and movie critics alike for the release of his Future Classics series. The mini documentaries focus on stories from the Southern California car culture, with visual profiles paying tribute to the bond between treasured dream machines and their owners.
Idris' experiences with a multitude of automotive communities while filming his No Limits and King of Speed series deems him to be the perfect advocate for presenting the car as a cultural asset -in the new film for Grand Basel, he presents four of the event's exhibits that reflect the past, present and future.
Filming of the new Grand Basel film happened at Lingotto building on Via Nizza in Turin, Italy. Originally occupied by Fiat's new car manufacturing operation, it became the world's largest automobile factory. Its unique design looked at the cars' move up the building through the production process, completing at the top where driving checks took place on its rooftop test track.
Lingotto's rooftop is an automotive industry icon in its own right. Aside from its architectural significance - championed by Swiss-French legend Le Corbusier as "one of the most impressive sights in industry" - it famously featured in the getaway sequence in The Italian Job, where the red, white and blue Mini Coopers are pursued by the police
Idris takes to the rooftop in the new film, driving the remarkable 1978 Lancia Sibilo Bertone - a unique prototype with an unmistakable monolithic wedge design by Marcello Gandini - as well as the bold 2015 Zagato Mostro, which was conceived by the Zagato Atelier as a tribute to the 1957 Maserati 450S Costin-Zagato Coupe nicknamed 'Il Mostro'.
Also featured in the film is the beautiful one-off 1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS Zagato with a bespoke body by Giuseppe Aprile and the elegant 2018 GFG Sibylla, created by Giorgetto and Fabrizio Giugiaro in partnership with the smart energy management company, Envision.
The Lancia and Alfa Romeo are both part of the breath-taking Lopresto Collection. Assembled by Milanese architect, Corrado Lopresto, the collection focuses on rare cars, prototypes and unique pieces from Italian manufacturers and coachbuilders. The extraordinary collection of cars has received an unrivalled number of accolades from expert judges.
The new film will debut in Basel in September 2018. Grand Basel will be curated by leading voices from the automotive, arts, culture and design sectors, including automobile culture authority, Professor Paolo Tumminelli, who will assemble a completely independent advisory board to ensure the show's peerless content.
Featured automobiles will be presented in an outstanding setting, due to a bold, contemporary exhibition concept.
Global Director Mark Bace, who conceived the show idea, said;
"Grand Basel is the first global show for the world's most important and valuable automobiles of the past, present and future. It presents an international audience of connoisseurs, collectors and enthusiasts with the epitome of automotive culture, aesthetics and technological sophistication."
The inaugural Grand Basel show which will take place from 6 to 9 September 2018 in Basel, Switzerland leads the way for upcoming shows in Miami Beach, from 22 to 24 February 2019 and Hong Kong in May 2019.
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All Vehicle Contracts Ltd Published: May 17 2018