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.