×

Cannes: Valeria Golino and Alba Rohrwacher Set for Bispuri’s ‘Daughter of Mine’; Match Factory Selling (EXCLUSIVE)

ROME – Italian A-list actresses Valeria Golino (“Respiro”) and Alba Rohrwacher (“I Am Love”) are set to co-star in “Daughter of Mine” to be directed by Italy’s Laura Bispuri, whose transgender-themed “Sworn Virgin” made an international splash.

Principal photography is scheduled to start on June 5 in Sardinia.

Germany’s The Match Factory will kick off international pre-sales on “Daughter” in Cannes.

Golino, a 2016 Cannes competition jury member, and Rohrwacher, last on the Croisette in 2014 with “The Wonders,” will play the adoptive and biological mothers, respectively, of a 10-year-old girl, whose affection they vie for.

“The story is developed and written from three different points of view,” said Bispuri.

“It’s a triangle between these three women whose lives are inextricably tied – a journey of mutual understanding and acceptance and also of changing female identities, which are themes that are dear to me,” the director noted.

Rome-based Vivo Film, which produced “Sworn Virgin,” is producing “Daughter” in tandem with Italy’s Colorado Film and also with The Match Factory and Swiss shingle Bord Cadre Films. The film will receive financing from Rai Cinema, the Italian culture ministry, and the Sardinia Film Commission.

Bispuri said she was honored to be working with both Golino and Rohrwacher, who have never worked together before. “I really want to them to blend into the [Sardinian] setting and also with the locals, since we will also be working with non-professional Sardinian actors,” she added. This aspect will be similar to “Sworn Virgin,” in which Rohrwacher played an Albanian woman who, in accordance with an ancient custom, vows to remain a virgin and impersonate a man so she can obtain a man’s rights.

“Virgin,” which was Bispuri’s first feature, traveled widely. After bowing in Berlin, it won Tribeca’s Nora Ephron prize and was distributed by Strand Releasing in the U.S.

More Film

  • Rounds

    Stephan Komandarev and Catalin Mitulescu Films Among Sarajevo's 23 World Premieres

    The latest films from Bulgarian director Stephan Komandarev and Romania’s Catalin Mitulescu are among 23 world premieres competing for the Heart of Sarajevo awards at the 25th Sarajevo Film Festival. Komandarev’s 2017 film “Directions” played in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard and his 2008 opus “The World Is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner” was [...]

  • Tommy JamesCousin Brucie 3rd Annual Palisades

    Tommy James Biopic 'Me, the Mob and the Music' in Development (EXCLUSIVE)

    Pop music star Tommy James and film producer Barbara DeFina are developing the biopic “Me, the Mob and the Music,” based on James’ autobiography. DeFina, whose credits include Martin Scorsese’s “Casino” and “GoodFellas,” and James have tapped three-time Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall to helm the film adaptation from a screenplay by Matthew Stone (“Intolerable [...]

  • Terminator: Dark Fate

    Comic-Con: ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ Cast Will Hit Reddit Live-Streamed AMA (EXCLUSIVE)

    Arnold is back — and he and other cast members of “Terminator: Dark Fate” are joining a first-of-its-kind live-streaming Reddit AMA on Thursday from Comic-Con International in San Diego. For the new installment in the “Terminator” franchise, Paramount Pictures is hosting a traditional Comic-Con panel Thursday 11 a.m.-12 noon in Hall H. Then, a few [...]

  • Pedestrians walk past a large screen

    Johnny Kitagawa: Power, Abuse, and the Japanese Media Omerta

    Will the death of Johnny Kitagawa lead to a change of attitude by the Japanese media to the powerful Johnny & Associates talent agency that he formed? Public broadcaster NHK and others this week reported a warning to the company from the Fair Trade Commission over alleged pressure on TV stations to keep members of [...]

  • Jahmil X.T. Qubeka on Durban Opening-Night

    Jahmil X.T. Qubeka on Durban Opening-Night Film ‘Knuckle City’

    DURBAN–Dudu Nyakama is an aging boxer whose best fighting days are behind him. But for a man whose only glory has come in the ring, a big prize fight offers the one shot at saving his family, dragging him into the criminal underbelly of the gritty township he’s spent his whole life trying to escape. [...]

  • it chapter two, comic con

    Comic-Con: 4500 Gallons of Fake Blood and Everything Else to Know About 'It Chapter Two'

    Comic-Con 2019 kicked off with a stacked presentation from the director and cast of “It Chapter Two” on Wednesday, inspiring a curious amount of joy at San Diego’s Spreckels Theater in spite of the abject terror offered up by the film. The closing chapter to 2017’s record-obliterating “It,” the highest grossing R-rated horror film of [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content