Italian director Roberto Faenza’s English language project Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You will have its world premiere at the upcoming edition of the International Rome Film Festival (Oct 27-Nov 4).
Rome’s official line up will be announced Oct 6.
It’s not clear in which section the project, starring Toby Regbo (Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, Treasure Island) as a sensitive teen coming to grips with an adult world will be showcased. Producer Ron Stein told Screen Daily Regbo would be joined by other, as yet un-revealed cast members on Rome’s red carpet. The film also features Oscar winners Marcia Gay Harden and Ellen Burstyn as well as Lucy Liu, Peter Gallagher, Deborah Ann Woll and Stephen Lang potentially offering some serious star power to Rome’s sixth edition.
Stein also announced that project will also debut sales out of Rome’s Business Street film market event, which runs during the festival Oct 27-31. Kevin Iwashina of LA-based Preferred Content has come on board as the US/North American sales agent and Arianne Fraser of the Highland Film Group as foreign sales agent. Fraser will attend Rome to initiate sales before moving onto the AFM.
The Italy-US co-production is based on the Peter Cameron book of the same name about a vulnerable, perceptive teenager, which director Faenza, who has lived and worked extensively in the US, was attracted to for its resonance with the J.D. Salinger Holden Caulfield story The Catcher In The Rye.
“We truly feel Rome, which has become a premiere festival, is the perfect place to view the film having done an Italy-US co-production and because the [Peter Cameron] book was very popular in Italy,” Stein said.
The New York-shot project, for which post was conducted in Italy is a co production joining Oscar winning Life Is Beautiful producer Elda Ferri’s Rome-based Jean Vigo Italia with producer Ron Stein’s Four of a Kind Productions of Oscar nominated The Kids Are All Right as the US partner.
The US and Italy do not have an official co-production agreement yet both the Italian tax incentive and the New York schemes were accessible by the producers. Rome will also host a co-production seminar with the film as a case study. Stein said he defines the style of the film, a comedy, as having a “subtle beauty.”
The film will go out in Italy via Rai Cinema/01 Distribution on Nov 4.