Martone helms ‘Fabulous’ pic

Italo director's costumer hits the Cannes market

Italo auteur Mario Martone (“L’amore molesto”) will shoot “Il giovane favoloso” (The Fabulous Young Man), a biopic of Giacomo Leopardi, the great romantic poet known for his odes about Italy as a fallen nation.

Martone’s 19th century-set costumer, budgeted at around $10 million, is being produced by Carlo Degli Esposti, whose Palomar shingle produces Italy’s top-rated TV skein “Montalbano,” a rare italo export. RAI Cinema is also on board.

Degli Esposti will be shopping pic internationally in Cannes.

Pic is being penned by Martone, who has directed Leopardi’s work for the stage. Plan is for an autumn 2013 shoot in Leopardi’s native Recanati village by the Adriatic Sea.

Shingle will also be shepherding Italo helmer Gianni Amelio’s next pic, with Degli Esposti keeping details under wraps.

Also in the Palomar pipeline are two teen dramas, Stefano Mordini’s “Acciao,” based on an Italian bestseller, and “Gina” by Francesca Comencini (“The White Space”).

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