Cannes: Berenice Bejo to Star in Marco Bellocchio’s ‘Sweet Dreams’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Berenice Bejo will star in Italian auteur Marco Bellocchio’s new film, “Fai bei sogni,” on which Germany’s Match Factory has taken international sales.

Bellocchio last attended the Cannes fest in competition in 2009 with Mussolini-era drama “Vincere.”

In Bellocchio’s latest, Bejo — who was Oscar-nommed for “The Artist” and won the Cannes actress award for Asghar Farhadi’s “The Past” in 2013 — will play the companion and emotional healer of a man contending with a lifelong trauma.

“Fai bei sogni,” which can be loosely translated as “Sweet Dreams,” is based on the eponymous autobiographical best-selling novel by Italian journalist Massimo Gramellini about coming to terms with the trauma of his mother’s premature death when he was nine. The book sold more than a million copies in Italy.

Italian A-lister Valerio Mastandrea (“Balancing Act”) plays the protag. Italo cast also comprises Fabrizio Gifuni, Guido Caprino and Barbara Ronchi (“Miele”), who plays the mother in flashback scenes.

Beppe Caschetto’s Bologna-set shingle Ibc Movie, Bellocchio’s own company Kavac Film and Italy’s RAI Cinema are producing the pic, which started shooting earlier this month in Turin.

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