Domenico Procacci's Italian production and distributionoutfit Fandango is producing a new feature by Roman director Daniele Vicari,whose debut, V-Max (Velocita' Massima) won the prestigious Donatelloaward for best first film.
The Euros 2m film, named L'Orizzonte Degli Eventi,began filming last week around the Gran Sasso mountainous area of central Italyand will shoot until early September.
Backed by Medusa, the picture stars Valerio Mastrandrea (V-Max)as a young scientist who runs into Macedonian shepherds living in the Italianmountains. Gwenaelle Simon, Francesca Inaudi and Giorgio Colangeli co-star.
The film was written by Antonio Leotti, Laura Paolucci andVicari, and is inspired by Uomini e Lupi (Men and Wolves), Vicari'saward-winning documentary about a group of Macedonian shepherds living incentral Italy under extreme conditions. V-Max was also based on one ofVicari's documentaries.
Procacci is currently also producing a new film by Respirodirector Emanuele Crialese, called The Golden Door.
The Euros 8m period drama will follow the sea voyage andarrival of Italian immigrants in New York's Ellis Island in 1900, and is set tostar Charlotte Gainsbourg, Donatella Finocchiaro (Angela) and VincenzoAmato (Respiro).
"This film is about a dream, about people who taketheir destiny into their own hands," Crialese said at the Giffoni FilmFestival. "I don't want to judge anyone, or get involved in any polemicsabout America. I want to describe Man's humanity and his need for the supportof others in order to survive."
The film is expected to shoot in Sicily, Naples and Romaniain October. Arte Cinema is co-producing.
Earlier this year, Procacci's Fandango acquired a 29% stakein Civilian Content, parent company of UK production outfit the Film Consortiumand sales company The Works.