EXCLUSIVE: Marguerite Buy, John Turturro and Nanni Moretti lead cast in film currently shooting in Rome.

Films Distribution has acquired worldwide rights to Nanni Moretti’s upcoming dramedy Mia Madre about a film director juggling her contrasting public and private lives.

Marguerite Buy, John Turturro and Nanni Moretti lead the cast in the film, which is currently shooting in Rome.

Buy plays a successful film director whose powerful on-set persona is at odds with her private self.

On set, Buy’s character takes command. Back home, she is at the mercy of her ailing mother and taciturn adolescent son.

John Turturro plays an American actor in a film she is shooting. Moretti is also in the cast in the role of the filmmaker’s brother.

“Moretti never under estimates the audience’s intelligence. The characters are as smart as you want them to be, or as they should be,” said Films Distribution co-chief Nicolas Brigaud-Robert.

“It’s a dramedy containing Moretti’s usual salt and pepper mix of drama, humour and sarcasm,” he added.

It is the third time Moretti and Buy have worked together after the Silvio Berlusconi-inspired The Caiman and We Have A Pope (Habemus Papam), in which the actress played a psychoanalyst.

The €8m production is lead produced by Domenico Procacci’s Rome-based Fandango, with Moretti’s Sacher Film, French Le Pacte and Germany’s Film Boutique on board as co-producers.

Moretti wrote the script with Francesco Piccolo, who also worked on We Have A Pope and Paolo Virzi’s Human Capital, and Valia Santella.