Helmer lenses first Italian-lingo pic in 30 years

ROME — Bernardo Bertolucci on Monday will return to the director’s chair after an eight-year hiatus to shoot coming-of-age drama “Io e te” (Me and You), which — contrary to previous plans — will not be in 3D.

After announcing in Cannes that this would be a stereoscopic pic, Bertolucci says he has been forced to abandon that plan, given that “3D is considered expensive and vulgarly commercial,” he complained recently to students at Rome’s CSC film school.

Two-hander will feature young little-known Italo thesps Jacopo Olmo Antinori and Tea Falco as an introverted teen and his older half-sister with a heroin problem. They develop a close rapport in the basement where the adolescent boy is hiding out, and where he tries to help her kick her habit. “In a few days we will descend into the basement, and we will re-emerge only around Christmas,” Bertolucci said in a statement.

Pic is based on the best-selling eponymous short novel by Niccolo Ammaniti, known outside Italy mainly for “I’m Not Scared,” adapted for the bigscreen by Gabriele Salvatores. The “Io e te” screenplay was co-penned by Bertolucci with Ammaniti, Francesca Marciano and Umberto Contarello (“This Must Be the Place”).

Also on board are previous Bertolucci collaborators Fabio Cianchetti, who is lensing; editor Jacopo Quadri; costume designer Metka Kosak; and set designer Jean Rabasse.

A 10-week shoot is planned on “Io e te,” which Blighty’s HanWay Films is selling internationally.

Rome-based Mario Gianani is co-producing with Bertolucci’s own Fiction shingle. Medusa will distribute in Italy.

Pic, which comes after 2003′s “The Dreamers,” will be Bertolucci’s first Italian-language feature in 30 years.

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