Actor will star in Cupellini's noir film

Italo thesp Toni Servillo (“Il Divo”) is attached to star in noir “Una Vita tranquilla” (A Tranquil Life) by sophomore helmer Claudio Cupellini for RAI Cinema.

In “Tranquilla,” Servillo — winner of a slew of recent nods including a European Film Award for roles in “Il Divo” and “Gomorrah” — will play an ex-mobster who has started a new life in Germany.

“This is a really beautiful story, which we have been developing for two years,” said RAI Cinema managing director Caterina D’Amico. “We are very proud that Servillo has accepted.”

Pic will be produced by Fabrizio Mosca in tandem with RAI Cinema. Cupellini’s previous pic was comedy “Chocolate Lessons.”

RAI Cinema is at the Lido with a slew of titles, many from young helmers.

These include first-timer Claudio Noce’s “Good Morning Aman,” about multi-ethnic Rome, in Critics’ Week; Venice-set teen romancer “Dieci inverni” (Ten Winters) by Valerio Melli, a graduate of Rome’s Centro Sperimentale film school; and fellow film school grad Susanna Nicchiarelli’s “Cosmonauta” about a Communism-imbued youth, set during the 1950s and 1960s when Italy had Western Europe’s largest Communist party.

RAI Cinema and Domenico Procacci also co-produced Francesca Comencini’s Naples-set “The White Space,” about a special education teacher who gives birth prematurely, which unspools in competition today.

As for works in the pipeline, D’Amico said the economic downturn has forced her “to make more well-rounded movies conceived to compete on the international market. This means we have to invest a bit more on each project,” she added.

Upcoming projects include: Ferzan Ozpetek’s “Mine Vaganti,” juxtaposing the love lives of two brothers, starring Riccardo Scamarcio and Alba Rohrwacher; helmer/thesp Sergio Rubini’s 1960s-set comedy “L’Uomo Nero”; debut helmer Massimo Natale’s “Luglio 80,” starring Treat Williams about teens whose lives intersect with a U.S. military officer based in Italy; and Cristina Comencini’s adaptation of her novel, “L’Illusione del bene” (The Illusion of Good), about a disillusioned Communist living in Silvio Berlusconi-era Italy.

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