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Riva's 180th Anniversary - Favino, Beckham and Leclerc star in 'Riva The Persuaders!'

Move over Roger Moore and Tony Curtis - Riva's Persuaders are in town!

Riva’s 180th anniversary tells the story of a wonderful adventure of style and elegance that has raised boatbuilding to the level of art. Such a glamorous and radiant celebratory gala could only be held in an equally grandiose venue, the Gran Teatro La Fenice in Venice where the world premiere of 'Riva The Persuaders!', the short film took place. Inspired by the cult TV series 'The Persuaders!' (in Italy 'Attenti a quei due'), the film was shot over the past few weeks on the coastline near the border between Italy and the Côte d’Azur.

The protagonists of the short film are Pierfrancesco Favino, renowned Italian actor, who was also in the Riva brand’s first short film (“Riva in the Movie”), international football star David Beckham, an icon of British style and one of the most followed celebrities in the world and Charles Leclerc, an outstanding Scuderia Ferrari team racing driver idolised by Formula 1 fans.

“Riva’s story reads like a movie and this extraordinary short film, with its awesome trio of protagonists, is the perfect celebration of the brand’s 180th anniversary. My thanks go to Pierfrancesco, David and Charles for the friendship, the passion and fun they put into the project: the result is spectacular,” said Ferretti Group CEO Alberto Galassi. “I was a loyal viewer of the TV series 'The Persuaders!' and I found the same ironic and elegant style in this little gem of a film. As always, Riva delivers big emotions.”

Together with the three celebrities, the stars of the film are the magnificent boats built by the storied Riva yard, which is celebrating its 180th anniversary this year, as well as a dazzling Ferrari and an incredible vintage Maserati.

'Riva The Persuaders!' was shot on the Côte d’Azur and in Monte Carlo, where Pierfrancesco Favino aboard a magnificent Riva 56’ Rivale races with David Beckham’s Riva 68’ Diable and Charles Leclerc aboard a Rivamare. The action and movements are those of an adrenaline-pumping film featuring chases on both land and sea. As in the case of Riva’s previous short film, the director was Federico Brugia, with production by Armando Testa Studios, in the Armando Testa Group.

You can watch the short here:


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