standard Williamsburg Film Pays Homage to Neighborhood’s Italian Roots

'Feast of the Lily' filming on Havemeyer Avenue Monday evening (Photo by Matthew Taub)

‘Feast of the Lily’ filming on Havemeyer Avenue Monday evening (Photo by Matthew Taub)

New filming by a director of Sopranos renown pays homage to the neighborhood’s Italian history.

As Bedford + Bowery reported earlier, ‘Lily of the Feast’ (english for the Giglio Feast) recreates the neighborhood as it looked four decades ago:

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 New York Post has a plot summary:

The movie…is about a local banker, Santo, with a gift for memorizing numbers — who’s caught in a power struggle between friends, family and his church.

Old festival stands were resurrected (Photo by Matthew Taub)

Old festival stands were resurrected (Photo by Matthew Taub)

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