ROME – Venerable Italian helming duo Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, whose “Caesar Must Die” won the 2012 Berlin Golden Bear, will shoot “Maraviglioso Boccaccio,” an adaptation of Giovanni Boccaccio’s 14th century classic “The Decameron,” with cameras set to start rolling next week in a villa on the outskirts of Florence.
For their take on “Decameron” the Taviani Brothers have assembled an ensemble cast of Italo A-listers, including Riccardo Scamarcio (“Third Person”), Jasmine Trinca (“Miele”), Kasia Smutniak (“From Paris with Love”), and teen Rosabell Laurenti Sellers (“Balancing Act”).
Rome shingle Stemal is producing with financing from RAI Cinema and subsidy support from Italy’s cultural ministry.
In Boccaccio’s “Decameron” seven young women and three young men take refuge in a villa outside Florence to escape the city’s 1348 plague known as the Black Death.
“What is the plague today? It’s an epidemic of disillusionment” the Taviani’s said in an interview with Italian daily La Repubblica. “These youths seek refuge in a country house and form a community to give themselves new rules and fight desperation with hope.”
Boccaccio’s novellas have inspired several Italian films, including Pier Paolo Pasolini’s erotic 1970 romp, “Il Decameron.” They were also adapted into the silent film “Decameron Nights,” starring Lionel Barrymore, and shot again under the same title as a 1953 vehicle for Joan Fontaine and Louis Jourdan.
The Taviani Brothers’ previous pics include 1977 Cannes Palme d’Or-winner “Padre Padrone,” “The Night of the Shooting Stars,” “Kaos” and “Good Morning, Babylon.”