×

CANNES: Juliette Binoche Set To Star In Sicily-Set Drama ‘The Wait’

ROME – Juliette Binoche is attached to star in female competition drama “The Wait” to be directed by first-time Italo helmer Piero Messina, assistant of recent foreign-language Oscar-winner Paolo Sorrentino (“The Great Beauty”).

Gaul’s Pathe International will kick off world sales at Cannes on the Sicily-set pic which is being produced by “The Great Beauty” shingle Indigo Film with Gaul’s Babe Films on board as co-producer.

A graduate of Rome’s Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia film school, Messina made Sicily-set short “Terra,” starring Giorgio Colangeli (“Il Divo”), which screened at the Cannes Cinefondation sidebar in 2012. Messina has also worked closely with Sorrentino as first assistant on both Sean Penn-starrer “This Must Be The Place” and on “The Great Beauty.”

Besides Binoche, who will be seen at Cannes in Olivier Assayas’ “Clouds of Sils Maria,” “The Wait” will also star Colangeli. Other casting is being completed. Shooting is set to start in July.

“Piero is a great talent” enthused Indigo’s Nicola Giuliano. “I have a feeling that this debut will make its mark.”

The producer described the pic, which is set in an old Sicilian villa amid a rugged countryside, as “a match-up between two women: a mother and her son’s fiancee.”

When the fiancee appears at the villa claiming to be invited, the two women, who do not know each other, spend Easter holidays together waiting for the son to show up and slowly get to know, and size up, each other.

 

 

Popular on Variety

More Film

  • Fox Searchlight Buys 'The Personal History

    Fox Searchlight Buys 'The Personal History of David Copperfield'

    Fox Searchlight has acquired North American rights to “The Personal History of David Copperfield,” Armando Iannucci’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ novel of the same name. The deal comes in advance of the film’s Toronto International Film Festival bow on Sept. 5, as well as its BFI London Film Festival premiere on Oct. 2. The studio [...]

  • on day 3 of the London

    Barbara Broccoli, Richard Curtis, Passion Pictures Team on Paralympics Documentary

    Oscar-winning British production company Passion Pictures is teaming up with James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli and filmmaker Richard Curtis on a new feature documentary about the Paralympic Games. The project, currently titled “Harder Than You Think,” brings together Passion’s John Battsek with producer Greg Nugent of HTYT Films, with Broccoli and Curtis both serving as [...]

  • Tribeca Film Insitute's PitchNY Program Now

    Tribeca Film Institute's PitchNY Program Kicks Off (EXCLUSIVE)

    College students and recent alumni in New York can apply to the 4th annual PitchNY program, an effort to help young, diverse directors, producers and writers fine-tune their pitching skills, as well as to connect them with entertainment industry professionals who will serve as mentors. On Thursday, Tribeca Film Institute, The New York State Governor’s [...]

  • La-camarista

    ‘The Chambermaid’ Cleans Up in the U.S.

    SANTIAGO, Chile — Call it the “Roma” effect but Mexican newcomer Lila Aviles’ engaging portrait of a hotel servant, “The Chambermaid” (“La Camarista”) has found outstanding reception in the U.S. and in multiple territories, giving hope to other arthouse films from Latin America and elsewhere that seek distribution in “fortress America.” “‘Roma’ was a beautiful, brawny and [...]

  • Beograd 20.03.2012 Milutin Petrovic, reditelj, scenarista,

    Lost Script by ABC Studios Editor Turned Into Movie and Series 'Bad Blood'

    An ambitious new Serbian feature film and 10-part television series set in the Ottoman Empire of the 19th century has emerged from a long lost script by a former editor at ABC Studios in New York City. Belgrade-based This and That Productions is producing “Bad Blood,” based on the works of renowned Serbian writer Borisav [...]

  • Gael Garcia Bernal on the Power,

    Gael Garcia Bernal on the Power, Responsibility of Cinema to ‘Provoke’

    Gael García Bernal said acting for the likes of Oscar winners Alejandro González Iñárritu and Alfonso Cuarón helped groom him for the director’s chair and praised cinema as “the only medium” that allows artists to “explore the gray areas” in unparalleled ways. “The world is so full of certainties now, and cinema is the one that [...]

  • Gareth Jones

    Samuel Goldwyn Films Takes U.S. Rights to Berlin Competition Title 'Mr Jones'

    Samuel Goldwyn Films has taken North American rights to Agnieszka Holland’s “Mr. Jones.” The period thriller debuted in competition at the Berlin Film Festival in February. Set on the eve of World War II, “Mr. Jones” stars James Norton as Gareth Jones, an ambitious young journalist who travels to Moscow to uncover the truth behind [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content