Bellocchio Planning Opera and Period Drama

By Wiseman, Andreas | Screen International, November 16, 2012 | Go to article overview

Bellocchio Planning Opera and Period Drama


Wiseman, Andreas, Screen International


EXCLUSIVE: Marco Bellocchio developing 16th century drama and feature version of opera Pagliacci.

Writer-director Marco Bellocchio is developing a 16th century period drama that he is aiming to shoot in 2013, and a [euro]5m adaptation of opera Pagliacci, scheduled for 2014.

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La Priggione di Bobbio ('Bobbio Prison')

Pagliacci (Clowns)

Italian veteran Bellocchio, whose most recent effort Dormant Beauty played to acclaim in Venice's competition, is close to closing finance on La Priggione di Bobbio ('Bobbio Prison') a 16th century drama set during the inquisition that charts the story of a seductress who is falsely accused of being a witch.

The [euro]1.5m budgeted Italian-language drama, which already has a large part of its finance in place through private equity, is currently out to cast on the female lead.

Bellocchio's son Pier Giorgio - a regular in his films - is attached to play a priest, one of the film's prominent roles. …

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