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He is the golden-voiced Italian tenor who overcame blindness and other extreme obstacles to find success on the world stage, selling more than 80 million albums. Now Andrea Bocelli, 58, has inspired one of Britain’s leading film directors to tell his extraordinary story on the big screen. The singer has asked only that his blindness not be portrayed as a disability.
The Music of Silence is being shot by Michael Radford, whose previous films include the critically acclaimed Il Postino – for which he received an Oscar nomination – and a version of The Merchant of Venice starring Al Pacino.
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- Dalya Alberge
According to trade bible Variety, the film will be based on Bocelli’s 1999 memoir The Music Of Silence, will include songs that Bocelli composed when he was young but have never before been released.
Here are some words from regarding the source material.
In The Music of Silence, Bocelli tells his own story in the form of an autobiographical novel, naming his alter ego “Amos Bardi.” He writes of a loving family that encouraged his musical gifts from an early age, and of the dedication that led to his professional breakthrough and his meteoric rise to stardom. The first edition of Bocelli’s memoir was published in 1999 and focused on the success and difficulties at the beginnings of his astonishing career. This newly revised »
- Paul Heath
Simon Brew Nov 11, 2016
Bocelli is, of course, a tenor who has sold over 80 million records to date. His story is extraordinary for many reasons, not least becayse he went blind at the age of 12. The film of his life, The Music Of Silence, will see Banderas in the lead role, with Tony Sebastian, Jordi Molla, Luisa Ranieri and Ennio Fantastichni also on board.
The film will also feature some early songs that Bocelli composed, »
“The Music of Silence,” based on Bocelli’s 1999 memoir, will include songs that Bocelli composed when he was young but have never before been released. Ambi is financing and producing.
“The Music of Silence” will be told from Bocelli’s view in the form of an autobiographical novel, naming his alter ego Amos Bardi. He writes of a loving family that encouraged his musical gifts from an early age, of the blindness that began with glaucoma and became complete after a soccer accident, and his meteoric rise to stardom.
Sebastian will play Bocelli while Banderas will play the role of Maestro. Molla and Luisa Ranieri »
- Dave McNary
Deal represents Mundial’s first U.S. partnership, but an ever-more common combination between Hollywood studios and independent companies as majors drive into local production, but pact with specialist distribution platforms to sell rights outside a studio’s core territory and expertise.
“The Svod space in the U.S. is growing so quickly and has an appetite for more alternative, foreign-language content,” said Mundial managing director Cristina Garza, who negotiated the deal with Orion.
A sales company on individual titles and, increasingly, more volume-driven library deals in the U.S. »
- John Hopewell
Triple Oscar-winning production designer Dante Ferretti (“The Aviator,” “Sweeney Todd,” “Hugo”) is tackling his first musical, “Divo Nerone,” which basically portrays Roman emperor Nero as a good soul gone bad. Dubbed a rock opera, the show is being staged in a unique open-air venue atop the Palatine Hill in the real Roman Forum.
Italian entertainment company TicketOne has now set a June 1 opening date for the roughly two-hour show produced by Rome’s Artisti Associati. It will have 28 scene changes and 36 musical numbers. The lyrics are penned by Grammy Award-winning lyricist Franco Migliacci (“Volare”) and the music composed by Luis Bacalov, who won an Oscar for the “Il Postino” score, and also by other, younger tunesmiths. The director-choreographer is Gino Landi, a veteran of the Italian musical stage.
- Nick Vivarelli
Exclusive: Feature to recount the story of the key figure in Russian history.
Radford penned the ambitious project’s screenplay, based on the real life man, who is considered one of the key figures in Russian history.
Born as a prince, Nevsky fled his home after his brother was murdered by crusaders, but he returned to lead his people into battle on multiple fronts, uniting the principalities of the medieval territory into what we now know as Russia. His actions led him to be canonized as a saint by the Orthodox Church.
The film promises both large-scale battle scenes on land and sea, as well a romantic plot between Nevsky and a warrior princess. The producers are in Cannes seeking potential partners for the big-budget project.
Nevsky was previously depicted in Sergei Eisenstein’s 1938 feature »
Madrid – Brazilian Selton Mello’s “A Movie Life,” starring Vincent Cassel (“Black Swan”), “Attitude Test,” from Chilean producer-turned director Augusto Matte, and Colombian Juan Zapata’s English-language globetrotting love story “Butterflies” all feature at the 2016 Guadalajara Goes to Cannes, a Cannes Film Market pix-in-post showcase ranging across Latin America.
Featuring five titles in all, the May 17 work-in-progress sneak peek underscores not only the stylistic breadth of Latin American filmmaking as film-makers attempt to reach broader and new audiences.
Also playing Guadalajara Goes To Cannes is one title which went to Guadalajara’s own work-in-progress competition last month, Tomas de Leone’s “El Aprendiz,” winning $10,000 worth of counseling on securing a sales agent and festival strategy from Tom Davila’s consultancy Cinemaven Media.
- John Hopewell
At a Q&A in Ventana Sur in 2014, Cannes Festival topper Thierry Fremaux was asked by local industry figures why there weren’t many Brazilian films on the Croisette. He suggested Brazil’s time would come. Could that be 2016? Vania Catani at Brazil’s Bananeira Filmes has a large chunk of minority co-production equity in one of the most ambitious Latin American movies this year — with Chilean Pablo Larrain’s “Neruda” — Lucrecia Martel’s historical drama “Zama” (pictured).
Bananeira is also the lead producer on “A Movie Life,” a coming-of-ager set in the 1960s sierras of Rio Grande do Sul in an adaptation of the novel “A Distant Father” from “Il Postino” novelist Antonio Skarmeta, directed by (and co-starring) Brazil’s Selton Mello and Vincent Cassel.
- Emiliano De Pablos
GoldenEye star Pierce Brosnan and director Martin Campbell are set to reunite on an adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s 1950 novel Across the River and Into the Trees, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed.
The project has been written by Peter Flannery (Inspector George Gently) and Michael Radford (Il Postino), and follows “an American officer serving in Italy right after World War II, facing news of his terminal illness with stoic disregard. Determined to spend his weekend in quiet solitude, he commandeers a military driver to facilitate a simple duck hunting trip and a visit to his old haunts in Venice. As his plans begin to unravel, a chance encounter with a young countess begins to kindle in him the hope of renewal.”
Brosnan and Campbell are currently working together on the action thriller The Foreigner, which is expected to wrap next month. Production on Across the River and Into the Trees »
- Gary Collinson
Delivering one of the best James Bond films with "Goldeneye" twenty years ago, actor Pierce Brosnan and director Martin Campbell are now reportedly re-teaming to tackle a film adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's 1950 last full-length novel "Across the River and Into the Trees".
BAFTA winner Peter Flannery ("The Devil's Whore") and Oscar-nominee Michael Radford ("Il Postino") penned the adaptation of this story of an American officer (Brosnan) serving in Italy just after WW2.
Facing news of his terminal illness with stoicism, he commandeers a military driver to help visit his old haunts in Venice. As his plans begin to unravel, a chance encounter with a young countess begins to kindle hope of renewal.
Robert MacLean, John Smallcombe, Kirstin Roegner and Claudia Bluemhuber will produce. Filming aims to begin in Italy in October. Brosnan and Campbell are currently working together on the Jackie Chan-led action thriller "The Foreigner" which is currently filming in London. »
- Garth Franklin
Manuel here. Much of the conversation following the nominations has deservedly been about the way this year’s nominees function in many ways as a litmus test for the larger pitfalls of the Academy and the industry at large. Take the screenplay categories. As Phyllis Nagy urged us, we should be celebrating the fact that four female screenwriters were nominated for four different films. It sounds like a cause worth celebrating until you realize a total of twenty screenwriters were cited overall. You have to admit, those are appalling (if yes, unsurprising) numbers. Actually, in the past ten years, only 17 out of 156 nominated screenwriters have been women. Three quick stats about this year's categories and how they may show we might be turning a corner.
- Manuel Betancourt
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