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Erri De Luca adaptation and new Tummolini project for FilmKairos

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Erri De Luca adaptation and new Tummolini project for FilmKairos

After the critical and public success of Federico Bondi’s Black Sea [+see also:
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, production company FilmKairos is turning to new, low and big budget projects.

Chosen as Italy’s Producer on the Move 2009 at Cannes, Giorgia Priolo (who overseas project development and is executive producer of the independent company, founded in 2006) told Cineuropa (see interview) of an approximately €5m co-production with Israel’s Metro Communication, Montedidio. "It will be the first film based on a novel by Erri De Luca, scripted by Lara Fremder and set in Naples".

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Three years ago, the book on life in a Naples neighbourhood following WWII was about to become a film by Francesca Comencini, co-scripted by De Luca and the director, but the project fell through.

The projects Priolo taking to Cannes includes the third feature by Marina Spada, Metafisica per le Scimmie (“Metaphysics for Monkeys”), the story of a woman who teaches financial strategies to managers through philosophy. "The screenplay is ready and we’re looking for the cast and financing".

There is also the new film by Stefano Tummolini (whose One Day in the Life won the Queer Lion at the 2008 Venice fest and screened at Sundance), a critical look at university students.

"We also have Enrico Pau’s new film, L’Accabadora, a period piece set in 1950s Sardinia that received financing from the Ministry of Culture for screenplay development. We’d like a narrative-production model similar to Emanuele Crialese’s Golden Door [+see also:
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. A great period film whose story is very much rooted in a particular regional context but with an international feel".

Lastly, they are making the sequel to Nanni Loy’s 1983 film Mi Manda Picone, written by Elvio Porta, which once again stars Giancarlo Giannini and Lina Sastri; and the first narrative feature by documentary filmmaker Fabiana Sargentini, Non Lo So Ancora, written with Morando Morandini.

(Translated from Italian)

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