Director makes first pic with Procacci
ROME — Italo producer Domenico Procacci has lured helmer Ferzan Ozpetek to shoot “Un Giorno Perfetto” (A Perfect Day), a multiple-strand drama set during the course of 24 hours in present-day Rome, based on a novel by bestselling author Melania Mazzucco.
The Turkish-born Ozpetek — who is a local box office draw — will be working for Procacci’s Fandango stable for the first time. Ozpetek’s last five features were produced by Tilde Corsi and Gianni Romoli’s R&C Produzioni.
They include Ozpetek’s 2003 local smash “Facing Windows” and bereavement drama “Saturn in Opposition,” which earlier this year scored north of $10 million at the home B.O. “Saturn” is in competish at the upcoming Karlovy Vary fest.
Both these pics were also co-written with R&C’s Romoli with whom Ozpetek had a creative partnership now on indefinite hiatus.
Plans are for cameras to start rolling in the fall on “Perfect Day.” Ozpetek is tweaking the screenplay penned by Sandro Petraglia (“Best of Youth”) while casting is still underway, said a Fandango rep.
Mazzucco, author of “Un Giorno Perfetto,” is a rare case of a young Italian author who has reached Stateside readers with her previous novel, immigration drama “Vita.”
Other projects in Procacci’s pipeline include Francois Girard’s “Silk” and “Chalm Chaos,” a drama starring Nanni Moretti, helmed by Antonello Grimaldi.