Rohrwacher's first pic finds Director's Fortnight berth

ROME — Italy has its first official Cannes entry with “Corpo Celeste,” a Calabria-set drama by first-time helmer Alice Rohrwacher, set to unspool in Directors’ Fortnight.

Frederic Boyer, who heads the Cannes sidebar, has confirmed the selection.

Produced by Carlo Cresto-Dina in association with RAI Cinema and Cinecitta-Luce, “Corpo Celeste” is about a 13-year-old girl who relocates to Reggio Calabria with her mother after growing up in Germany.

Rohrwacher, who has a German father, grew up in Florence. She has helmed several documentaries, including a segment of 2006 omnibus pic “Checosamanca,” which was also produced by Cresto-Dina. She is the sister of A-list Italo actress Alba Rohrwacher.

Italy is expected to have a strong Cannes presence this year with Nanni Moretti dramedy “We Have a Pope” and Paolo Sorrentino’s Sean Penn starrer “This Must Be the Place” both tipped for competition slots.

The 63rd Cannes Film Festival runs May 11-22.

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