'Best of Youth' helmer continues contemporary theme

VENICE — Italo “Best of Youth” helmer Marco Tullio Giordana will return behind camera to shoot “Quando Sei Nato Non Puoi Più Nasconderti” (Once You’re Born You Just Can’t Hide), “a coming-of-age drama steeped in the reality of contempo multi-racial Italy,” producer Riccardo Tozzi said on Thursday.

Giordana’s new pic stars “Youth” protagonist Alessio Boni and Manuela Cescon (“First Love”). Principal photography is set to start Sept. 10 on the Ionian coast of Greece.

Produced by Rome indie shingle Cattleya with financing from RAI Cinema and Paris-based producer Fabio Conversi, “Once You’re Born” is budgeted at E6.7 million ($ 8 million).

Pic follows the domestic and international success of “Youth,” a 6-hour drama about Italy’s 1968 generation which was originally made for television and then repackaged as a two-part theatrical release, after it won the 2003 Cannes Un Certain Regard prize.

“Youth” has been well-received in Italy, France, Germany, and in the U.K., where it came out recently. Pic is currently scheduled for Stateside release in January via Miramax.

“Once You’re Born” is co-penned by Giordana with Stefano Rulli and Sandro Petraglia, the veteran Italo scribes who also wrote “Youth.” Pic is based on a book by writer and journalist Maria Pace Ottieri, an expert on the plight of immigrants in Italy.

“This is not an immigration drama,” Cattleya topper Riccardo Tozzi told Daily Variety. “It is a coming of age tale about the reality of different races living together in this country, seen through the eyes of an Italian 12-year-old child,” he said.

Tozzi added that, “because the child is our counduit, the story, while describing harsh realities, will take on a fablelike tone.”

A total of 14 weeks of shooting are planned, with lots of time-consuming open sea action on the schedule. After Greece, the shoot will move to Italian locations in the southern coastal Puglia region, and to the northern city of Brescia.

Cattleya is currently in talks with several international intl. sales companies.

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