Antonioni back to work

Italian helmer to start shooting 'Eros' this month

ROME — Veteran Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni celebrated his 89th birthday Saturday by announcing his return to work.

He starts shooting “Eros,” the second part of an English-language trilogy, this month. It is the minimalist maestro’s first film since 1995’s “Beyond the Clouds.”

Based on three tales from Antonioni’s collection of short stories, “Dead Bowling Alley on the Tiber,” “Eros” was scripted by the director with regular collaborator Tonino Guerra.

The sexually candid story of a love triangle will feature unknown thesps.

Stephane Tchalgadjieff, who also produced “Beyond the Clouds,” will produce through his Paris-based company Solaris. Completion funding from Italy is being finalized.

Shooting will take place around Lake Burano in Northern Italy, with Marco Pontecorvo as cinematographer.

Negotiations are under way with Pedro Almodovar and Wong Kar-Wai to direct the other two episodes of the trilogy.

“Both directors are enthusiastic about the project and we have a tentative agreement in place,” Antonioni’s wife Enrica Fico Antonioni told Daily Variety.

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