Cattelya’s ambitious pic slate

Projects starring Cruz, Cascio, Accorsi being developed

ROME — Producer Riccardo Tozzi’s Cattleya has unveiled a series of local pics and international co-prods in the pipeline for the next 18 months..

Spanish actress Penelope Cruz has signed to play the title role in “Non ti muovere” (Don’t Move), the second pic directed by actor-helmer Sergio Castellito. It’s set to shoot in Rome and the Molise region of Italy in late July.

Cruz will play a derelict with whom Castellito falls in love when his car breaks down on the outskirts of Rome.

Story is based on the novel by Margarita Mazzantini; Tozzi bought the rights “in the dark,” while it was still being written.

Rome-based Cattleya will produce the picture with Medusa, which will distrib the film in Italy in a co-venture with Spain’s Alquimia Cinema. International distribution rights are under negotiation.

Release is planned for February.

Other projects include helmer Eros Puglielli’s E2.5 million “Occhio di cristallo” (Crystal Eye), produced with RAI Cinema 01 and based on a book by Luca di Fulvio. It’s also a co-prod with Spain’s Alquimia.

Film, a thriller starring Luigi Lo Cascio, is skedded to lens in August on location in Bulgaria. Lo Cascio will play a policeman who ends up identifying with the killer he’s tracking.

Michele Placido and Stefano Accorsi will reteam as helmer and star in “Sempre” (Always), a love story to be produced with RAI Cinema 01 that’s set to begin filming this fall.

The two previously paired on “Un viaggio chiamato amore” (A Journey Called Love) for which Accorsi won the Golden Lion as best actor at the 2002 Venice Film Festival.

At the top of the 2004 slate is the Italo/Indian/French co-production, facilitated by recent Italo-Indian agreements. “Lezioni di volo” (Flight Lessons) will be a mixed-language film shot on two continents.

Tozzi says Sophie Marceau is in advanced negotiations for the lead in the pic, to be helmed by Francesca Archibugi.

Meanwhile, the next pic by helmer Marco Tullio Giordana (“La meglio gioventu”) is being prepped. It will focus on the lives of criminals — and be narrated from their point of view.

Finally, Paolo Virzi’s “Caterina va in citta'” (Caterina Goes to the Big City) is in post, while Tozzi is currently wrapping an Italo remake of “Groundhog Day” under the title of “E’ Gia’ Ieri” (It’s Yesterday Already).

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