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Celina Murga Seeks Foreign Actress For Scorsese-Inspired ‘Irene’ (Exclusive)

23 September 2016 8:53 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

San Sebastian — Argentina’s Celina Murga, whose 2014 Berlin competition player “The Third Side of the River” was exec produced by Martin Scorsese, is seeking a foreign actress to star in her next film, “Irene.”

One highlight of this week’s San Sebastian’s 5th Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum, “Irene” is inspired by Roberto Rossellini and Martin Scorsese, more particularly Scorsese’s reflections in “Voyage to Italy” on Rossellini’s “Europe ’51.” “Irene” is a ‘re-reading or visit to ‘ Europa ’51, seen from the present and set, in this case, in contemporary Argentina,” Murga said.

But Murga looks set to depart quite quickly from Rossellini’s original which reflects his ardent Catholicism, she observed in San Sebastian.

In Rossellini’s original, the eponymous heroine ends up interned in a psychiatric ward. Murga’s Irene, who also suffers the death of her son, but by suicide not because of a moment of carelessness, may enjoy a happier destiny. »

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