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Amelio to film Camus’ ‘First Man’

Claudia Cardinale to star in adaptation

Italo auteur Gianni Amelio will shoot a French-language adaptation of Albert Camus’ autobiographical last novel “The First Man” with Claudia Cardinale attached to star.

Part childhood memoir, part epic narrative of Camus’ beloved Algeria and its struggle for independence from France, “The First Man” was left unfinished by Camus. The manuscript by the existentialist master was found in a mud-spattered briefcase near the site of the car crash in which the 1957 Nobel Prize-winner died in 1960, at age 46.

“It’s a complicated film because it has to be partly shot in Algeria,” says pic’s co-producer Riccardo Tozzi, who enthuses, “Amelio has written a great screenplay.” While this logistical aspect makes talk of a shooting date premature, Tozzi said he is confident that this will be Amelio’s next project.

Amelio’s previous features include Cannes Grand Jury prizewinner “The Stolen Children.”

French producer Bruno Pesery is the main producer behind this as-yet untitled pic. Tunisian-born Cardinale will play Camus’ beautiful but deaf and distant mother.

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