Project reps a rare collaboration among vet helmers

ROME — Ermanno Olmi, Abbas Kiarostami and Ken Loach have teamed up to helm “Tickets,” a film set on a train traveling from Northern Europe toward Rome.

Project reps a rare collaboration among veteran helmers on a pic with a unified non-episodic narrative.

The heavyweight auteurs will each shoot one part, but “Tickets” will have the same main characters throughout. The three helmers penned the screenplay, albeit with each working on a section individually.

“This is a project truly based on the three directors’ wish to work together,” producer Domenico Procacci, topper of Rome indie Fandango, told Daily Variety. “The train will give it a unity of place and time,” he added.

The roughly E4 million ($4.9 million) “Tickets” is the first title Procacci is — at least in part — channeling through Film Consortium, the U.K. outfit in whose parent company, Civilian Content, Fandango recently acquired a controlling interest.

Fandango will co-produce with Loach’s regular producer Rebecca O’Brien and her Sixteen Films shingle.

Film Consortium, which shouldered development costs, is also expected to be involved in financing “Tickets,” while Civilian’s sales arm, the Works, will likely handle international sales.

Six-week shoot is scheduled to start May 31 in Milan. Olmi will start out behind the camera, to be followed by Kiarostami and then Loach.

While there will be a single set and largely the same crew, each helmer will bring his own director of photography and film editor.

The language will be that of the characters, most of whom will be Italian. Cast will not be star-driven.

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