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Vivo Film, Italian indie known for recent standout titles such as “Nico, 1988” and “Daughter of Mine,” has boarded Abel Ferrara’s long-gestating “Siberia” as its main producer.
The Rome-based shingle headed by Marta Donzelli and Gregorio Paonessa also has several pics by emerging Italian directors in the pipeline including “Dafne,” a drama centered around a young woman who suffers from Down syndrome which will start shooting in Tuscany in June.
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Ferrara announced “Siberia” in Cannes three years ago calling it an exploration of the language of dreams and a vehicle for Willem Dafoe. It’s about the introspective voyage of a man who lives in an isolated cabin on a snow-capped mountain. Since then “Siberia” long languished, but Vivo Film has teamed up with German producer Philipp Kreuzer’s Maze Pictures to co-produce the pic and The Match Factory has taken world sales. They are also in talks with Sundance-winning Mexican screenwriter-producer Julio Chavezmontes (“Time-Share”) to come on board. The film has obtained funding from Italy’s Alto Adige IDM and Germany’s Bavarian Film Fund.
Meanwhile shooting is set to start in June on “Dafne,” to be directed by Italy’s Federico Bondi. It stars writer Carolina Raspanti, a young woman who has Down syndrome in real life and has published two autobiographical books, and actors Antonio Piovanelli (“1993”) and Stefania Casini. Casini starred in Dario Argento’s “Suspiria” and also worked with Bertolucci and Greenaway before veering off into directing. Rather than being about Down syndrome, the film is “really more about her single father’s worries of how he can provide for his daughter after he’s dead,” said Paonessa who added: “And instead it turns out that she will be the one to take care of him.” “Dafne” will be Bondi’s second feature after “Mar Nero” which was in competition...
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