Italo pix in the pipeline

Caro Diario (Dear Diary). Prod.: Sacher Film. Dir.: Nanni Moretti. Cast: Moretti, Renato Carpentieri. Auto-biopic about illness that struck actor-helmer Moretti. Skedded release: November.

Padre e Figlio (Father and Son). Prod.: Erre Cinematografica. Dir.: Pasquale Pozzessere. Cast: Michele Placido, Stefano Dionisi. Drama of working-class pa and pup locking horns against the smokestacks of Genoa. Lensing this summer.

Per Amore, Solo per Amore (For Love, Only for Love). Prod.: Filmauro. Dir.: Giovanni Veronesi. Cast: Diego Abatantuono, Penelope Cruz, Alessandro Haber, Stefania Sandrelli. Quirky slant on events in Old Bethlehem, with comic Abatantuono as Joseph and Spanish thesp Cruz as the Virgin Mary. In post-production.

Giovanni Falcone. Prod.: Clemi Cinematografica. Dir.: Giuseppe Ferrara. Cast: Michele Placido, Giancarlo Giannini. Drama probing assassinations of anti-Mafia crusaders Falcone and Borsellino. Skedded release: fall.

Jonathan fra gli Orsi (Jonathan of the Bears). Prod.: Viva Cinematografica/Project Campo/Mosfilm. Dir.: Enzo G. Castellari. Cast: Franco Nero. Italo-Russian co-prod, lensing in Russia.

Lamerica. Prod.: Alia Film/Penta. Dir.: Gianni Amelio. Cast: Enrico Lo Verso, Michele Placido, Ennio Fantastichini. Drama by Amelio (“The Stolen Children”) set in Albania, where Italy is seen as the same new-world paradise that America was to Italians two generations back. Skedded release: spring ’94.

Il Postino di Neruda (Neruda’s Postman). Prod.: Esterno Cinematografica. Dir.: Michael Radford. Cast: Massimo Troisi, Philippe Noiret. Odd-couple relationship between a postman and poet Pablo Neruda in ’50s Capri. Skedded release: Christmas.

Occhiopinocchio. Prod.: Filmone/Penta. Dir.: Francesco Nuti. Cast: Nuti, Chiara Caselli. Florentine comic Nuti’s take on the fairy tale, through the story of a naive stooge and female thief on the run together. Skedded release: Christmas.

Pasolini, un Delitto Italiano. (Pasolini, an Italian Crime). Prod.: Numero Uno Intl. Dir.: Marco Tullio Giordana. Cast: Massimo Ghini. “JFK”-style look at the murder of Italo director Pier Paolo Pasolini by a gay lover. Lensing this fall.

Una Pura Formalita (A Simple Formality). Prod.: Tiger Group/Maura Intl./Film Par. Dir.: Giuseppe Tornatore. Cast: Gerard Depardieu, Roman Polanski, Sergio Rubini. Yarn about an amnesiac writer suspected of murder, from “Cinema Paradiso” director Tornatore. Skedded release: spring ’94.

Storia di una Capinera (Sparrow). Prod.: Mediafiction. Dir.: Franco Zeffirelli. Cast: Angela Bettis, Jonathan Schaech, Sinead Cusack, Frank Finlay, Vanessa Redgrave, Valentina Cortese. A novice nun finds love in cholera-wracked Sicily of 1854. Skedded release: fall.

Sud (South). Prod.: Colorado Film/Penta. Dir.: Gabriele Salvatores. Cast: Silvio Orlando, Francesca Neri, Claudio Bisio. Popular local comic Orlando in story of a remote electoral outpost gone awry, from “Mediterraneo” helmer Salvatores. Skedded release: fall.

Troppo Sole (Too Much Sun). Prod.: Banda Magnetica/Navert Film. Dir.: Giuseppe Bertolucci. Cast: Sabina Guzzanti. An ambitious TV journalist goes after an exclusive interview with a rock star. TV satirist Guzzanti plays both roles and 13 other women. In post-production.

Le Donne non Vogliono Piu (Women Want Nothing More). Prod.: Penta/Officina Cinematografica. Dir.: Pino Quartullo. Cast: Quartullo, Lucrezia Lante Della Rovere, Antonella Ponziani, Francesca Reggiani. Stage-to-screen transfer about the route to women’s hearts. Skedded release: November.

Compiled by David Rooney

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