Moseley [pictured] joins a cast including Claudia Cardinale, Fritz Karl and Eugenia Costantini.

UK actor William Moseley – who appeared in The Chronicles of Narnia trilogy – is headlining Ernst Gossner’s second feature, the Der Stille Berg (The Silent Mountain) which will begin shooting in South Tyrol for six weeks from this Saturday (June 16).

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Clemens Aufderklamm’s screenplay centres on a love story set in 1915 between the 18-year-old South Tirolean Andreas (played by Moseley) who falls in love with the young Italian girl Francesca (Eugenia Costantini). But their love has no time to blossom as the young man is sent to the front the very next day – Italy has declared war on the Austro-Hungarian empire and turns the Dolomites into one of the most bizarre battlefields in the history of mankind.

The international cast also includes the Italian acting legend Claudia Cardinale, Austrian actors Fritz Karl, Harald Windisch and Emily Cox as well as Italy’s Giulio Cristini, Corrado Invernizzi and Michael Cadeddu.

Vienna-based EastWest Filmdistribution will be handling international sales for the $5.2m co-production between Heinz Stussak’s Sigma Film and the director’s own company Vent Productions Inc.

Der Stille Berg, which will be shooting in English and Italian at locations in Italy’s South Tirol, Trentino, Belluno and Austria’s Eastern Tirol, has been backed by the Austrian Film Institute (ÖFI), the Vienna Film Fund (FFW), the “Austrian spend” incentive FISA, CineTirol, Austrian public broadcaster ORF, BLS – Business Location Südtirol, and Trentino Film Commission.

Gossner made his feature directorial debut in 2005 with the LA-based South Of Pico and also directed the documentary Global Warning.