Gallic bio eyes Roman architect

Todeschini set for Green's 'La Sapience'

New York-born Gallic auteur Eugene Green is set to return behind the camera with “La Sapience,” a film inspired by the life and work of daring 17th-century architect Francesco Borromini.

Swiss-born Gallic star Bruno Todeschini (“His Brother”) is attached to play the Swiss/Italian master of Roman baroque architecture, whose geometrically complex Rome church Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza is considered a work of genius.

Borromini’s wife will be played by Christelle Prot, a recurring thesp in Green’s cult films “Toutes les nuits,” “Le Monde vivant” and “Les Ponts des Arts,” all of which are influenced by the baroque period.

“La Sapience” turns around four contempo characters, including an architect, for whom delving into the art of Borromini becomes an life-changing experience.

Martine de Clermont-Tonnerre, who is Green’s regular producer, is setting up “La Sapience” as a three-way co-prod between her MACT Prods., in Paris, Italy’s emerging indie La Sarraz Pictures, headed by Alessandro Borrelli, and Belgium-based Les Films du Fleuve, run by the Dardenne brothers.

Plan is to start shooting by summer in Rome, Turin, Stresa, a lakeside resort in Piedmont, and in Paris, said Clermont-Tonnerre. She called the film “peculiar, and also very universal at the same time.”

Green, who is also a stage helmer, has has been honored by retros at Telluride, Paris Cinema Intl., and Turin.

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