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Monica Bellucci is filming Paolo Virzì’s Siccità

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- The Italian director is now filming this Wildside and Vision Distribution production in Rome, imagining the Italian capital stricken by a water shortage, wreaking havoc on rules and customs

Monica Bellucci is filming Paolo Virzì’s Siccità
Actress Monica Bellucci and director Paolo Virzì

Monica Bellucci and Valerio Mastandrea play two of the lead characters in Paolo Virzì’s Siccità, which just began shooting in Rome.

The new film by the Livorno-born director imagines a version of Rome where it hasn’t rained for three years, resulting in a water shortage which upends rules and habits. Circulating within this city overcome by thirst yet drowning in prohibitions is a group of characters who are both young and old, marginalised and successful, victims and profiteers. Their lives are interlinked in one tragic and mocking design as each of them searches for personal redemption.

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Siccità’s film treatment was written by Paolo Giordano and Paolo Virzì, while the script was penned by Francesca Archibugi, Francesco Piccolo, Paolo Giordano and Paolo Virzì.

This film with a markedly ensemble cast sees Bellucci (recently seen in The Man Who Sold His Skin [+see also:
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and The Best Years of a Life [+see also:
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) and Mastandrea (recently seen in Figli [+see also:
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) flanked by Emanuela Fanelli, Elena Lietti, Vinicio Marchioni (appearing of late in The Predators [+see also:
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), Gabriel Montesi (Bad Tales [+see also:
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), Silvio Orlando (who recently played in The Ties [+see also:
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), Claudia Pandolfi, Tommaso Ragno, Diego Ribon, Sara Serraiocco (gracing last year’s Thou Shalt Not Hate [+see also:
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) and Max Tortora.

After making his mark with Ferie d’agosto and Hardboiled Egg, Paolo Virzì went on to breathe new life into Italian comedy by way of Caterina in the Big City [+see also:
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, Tutta la vita davanti [+see also:
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and various others, before achieving international prominence in 2014 with the heavily acclaimed work Human Capital [+see also:
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, which was based upon Stephen Amidon’s novel of the same name and was sold in all corners of the globe. He continued in this vein with the Italian-French co-production Like Crazy [+see also:
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, subsequently going so far as to venture onto American soil with The Leisure Seeker [+see also:
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, starring Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland.

Siccità is produced by Mario Gianani and Lorenzo Gangarossa on behalf of Freemantle company Wildside and Vision Distribution. Vision will release the film in Italian cinemas as well as taking the lead on international sales.

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(Translated from Italian)

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