Warner Bros Pictures hasboarded its first ever Italian-language film production Ma Che Colpa AbbiamoNoi (It Can't Be All OurFault) directed by Carlo Verdone.The studio is partnering on the comic drama with Virginia Films, the productionoutfit run by Verdone and Marco Scaffardi.
Production has already begun(March 15) on the film which is the story of a group of therapy patients leftto their own devices after their therapist dies in the middle of one of theirown sessions. After a disastrous encounter with a new therapist, the groupdecides to go it alone and apply the late doctor's methods.
Verdone co-wrote the filmwith Piero De Bernardi, Pasquale Plastino and Fiamma Satta and is also starringalongside Margherita Buy, Anita Caprioli, Raquel Suerio and Massimo Bellinzoni.
It is Verdone's 19thfilm in the last 21 years. He has won the David di Donatello award as bestdirector for Perdiamo Di Vista as well as one for best actor, one for best film, two for best screenplay and a specialDonatello award for his 1979 film Un Sacco Bello.
"Carlo's films hold aspecial place in the heart of the Italian people," said Paolo Ferrari,managing director, Warner Bros. Pictures Italy, in a statement. "It is apleasure and an honor for Warner Bros. Pictures to be a part of the teamworking on his next film."
"Carlo is a greattalent and we're thrilled to be working with him," said Simona Benzakein,vice president, European Productions, Warner Bros. Pictures. "He is muchloved by the Italian people and his films are known for their sharp observationof everyday life. We're confident that this film will connect with audiencesand enjoy the success of his previous projects."
Benzakein joined Warner Brosin Feb last year to coordinate and expand the studio's involvement in theproduction, acquisition and distribution of local-language films. Initiativessince then have included a production and distribution deal with X-Filme inGermany, the acquisition of Italian distribution rights to PedroAlmodovar's Hable Con Ella,a multi-film pact with Target Film in Germany, a co-production with La PetiteReine on Le Boulet in France andthe acquisition of rights to the 2001 Cannes Palme d'Or-winning Italianfilm The Son's Room forSpain, Latin America and Japan.