Bellocchio’s long-gestating project is based on the true tale of a 17th century noblewoman forced to become a nun, but whose free-spirited love affairs inside the convent lead to incarceration.
It’s Bellocchio’s first collaboration with Rezo, which has listed the pic as “La Monaca,” its international title.
Bellocchio said “Monaca” will be shot in “the free-flowing spirit” of his “Sorelle Mai,” which screened at Venice in 2010 and starred both pro and non-pro actors. Ukrainian thesp Lidia Liberman, a graduate of Rome’s Centro Sperimentale Film School, will play the lead.
Pic will be a costumer, but will shift into present-day mode in the epilogue “underlining its contemporary relevance,” Bellocchio said.
Low-budget passion project is being produced by Bellocchio’s Kavac with financing from Italy’s RAI Cinema, Switzerland’s Amka Film and Gaul’s Babe, which will release it in France.