VENICE — Italo thesp Sergio Castellitto will star in projects by veteran helmers Marco Bellocchio and Gianni Amelio, both skedded to shoot next year.
Castellitto, who won this year’s David di Donatello acting nod for “Don’t Move,” is attached to play the lead in Bellocchio’s “Il regista di matrimoni” (The Wedding Director).
Drama about an Italo filmmaker hiding from fame in Sicily, where he befriends a man who films weddings for a living, will begin principal photography in Sicily in January, said RAI Cinema chief Giancarlo Leone.
Bellocchio’s film is a return to more intimate stories, following his terrorism-themed “Good Morning, Night.”
Pic is produced by Bellocchio’s Filmalbatros and RAI Cinema, the film arm of Italo pubcaster RAI. Castellitto previously worked with Bellocchio on “The Religion Hour.”
Amelio — whose father-and-son drama “The Keys to the House” is unspooling in the Venice competition — will start shooting in China in May on his as-yet-untitled pic based on Italo author Ermanno Rea’s novel “La dismissione.” Book is about a Naples steel mill dismantled and rebuilt in China. The screenplay is being penned by Amelio with veteran Italo scribe duo Sandro Rulli and Stefano Petraglia.
“The film is about an Italian coming to terms with working with the Chinese mindset,” Leone said. “It’s also about two different types of capitalism. Ours and China’s burgeoning capitalism of the third millennium.”
RAI Cinema is seeking international partners for this big-budget project, which it is producing with Italo indie shingle Cattleya.