Castellitto preps ‘La Bellezza,’ ‘Mondo’

WB to distribute comedy in Italy

Italo thesp/helmer Sergio Castellitto, protag of Gallic auteur Jacques Rivette’s competish pic “36 vues du Pic Saint Loup,” has two helming projects percolating, one of which has been boarded by Warner Bros. Italia.

Shooting will start in October in Tuscany on “La Bellezza del Somaro,” a comedy written by Castellitto in tandem with his wife, prize-winning novelist Margaret Mazzantini.

The title, which translates literally as “The Beauty of the Donkey,” refers to the beauty of something not usually associated with that adjective.

“It will be a comedy that makes fun of politically correct behavior; of being so civilized that our true colors can easily slip through , even our racism,” said Castellitto.

Pic is being produced by Roberto Cicutto and Luigi Musini’s Cinema Undici in collaboration with Castellitto’s own Alien shingle, with Warner Bros. distributing in Italy.

The A-list Italo cast besides Castellitto himself will comprise Laura Morante (“The Son’s Room”), Gianfelice Imparato (“Gomorrah”) and popular Italian singer song-writer Enzo Iannacci.

Most of the movie is set in a Tuscan country house where the characters spend a weekend.

Meanwhile, Castellitto said preparations for an adaptation of Mazzantini’s novel “Venuto Al Mondo” (“Into the World”), which just won Italy’s prestigious Campiello prize, continue. Castellitto has high hopes that Penelope Cruz, who starred in his pic “Don’t Move,” will play the lead.

Cruz has publicly stated she wants to reteam with Castellitto on “Mondo.”

“Margaret will be in Madrid shortly to present the Spanish translation of her novel. That will be an opportunity for Penelope to read it,” said Castellitto.

Castellitto said he was considering making the Sarajevo-set drama about a single mother an English-language movie.

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