PARIS– MK2 Intl., the sales division of the French arthouse exhibitor, has acquired Paolo and Vittorio Taviani’s “Maraviglioso Boccaccio” (“Wondrous Boccaccio”), the Italian film masters’ follow-up to “Cesare deve morire.”
“Maraviglioso,” an adaptation of Boccacio’s collection of short stories “Decameron,” toplines Jasmine Trinca, Riccardo Scamarcio, Kim Rossi Stuart and Michele Riondino.
“We are telling this story, these stories, freely based on the ‘Decameron’ by Boccacio, because we accepted the challenge to create a contrast between the dark color of the plague, which yesterday (like today, in a different way) was everywhere, and the transparent color of love, ingenuity and poetry,” said the Taviani brothers, whose latest film, “Cesare deve morire” won the Golden Bear at Berlin fest in 2012.
MK2 has collaborated with Taviani brothers on many films. In the ’70s and ’80s, the French company distributed in France the Cannes Palme d’Or-winning “Padre Padrone” and “II Prato,” and it co-produced “La Notte di San Lorenzo,” winner of Cannes’ Jury Prize, as well as “Kaos” and “Good Morning Babilonia.”
“Boccaccio” is produced by Italy’s Cinemaundici and Stemal Entertainment with Rai Cinema.
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The 10-week shooting will begin at the end of March in Tuscany.