TORNATORE’S CORRESPONDENCE NOW SHOOTING IN THE UK
Production is well under way on Academy Award® winner Giuseppe Tornatore’s CORRESPONDENCE, starring Jeremy Irons and Olga Kurylenko. The film will shoot over 10 weeks in Italy, Edinburgh and York. CORRESPONDENCE reunites much of the same production team behind 2013’s hit THE BEST OFFER, including long time Tornatore collaborator Ennio Morricone as composer.
CORRESPONDENCE is a Paco Cinematografica and Rai Cinema production, in cooperation with UniCredit Leasing S.p.A, and supported by BLS Südtirol – Alto Adige, Trentino Film Commission and Torino Piemonte Film Commission. Umedia is handling world sales and providing UK production services on Paco’s behalf. The film is produced by Isabella Cocuzza and Arturo Paglia. 01 Distribution will release the film in Italy on 1 January 2016.
CORRESPONDENCE, which Tornatore also wrote, is his third English language film. A bittersweet story of love and loss, it tells of a PhD student (Kurylenko) who takes excessive risks in her paid work as a stuntwoman. Driven by feelings of overwhelming guilt about a tragic event in her past, rather than a desire to live dangerously, it is through her relationship with an older astrophysics professor (Irons) that she learns to reconcile past and present and face life’s vicissitudes.
Umedia International is launching the film at the forthcoming Cannes market. Tornatore’s last film, also produced by Paco and sold by Umedia, was THE BEST OFFER, which made over $25M at the international box office and won multiple David di Donatello Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director.
Arturo Paglia said: “After “THE BEST OFFER” we are pleased and honored to be working with Giuseppe Tornatore once again. He is back with an international film, a story with twists and turns in which guilt, passion, past and future intertwine, and we don’t know until the very end which path the heroine will follow.”
“Following our successful collaboration with Paco Cinematografica on THE BEST OFFER, we are happy to continue our working relationship on Giuseppe Tornatore’s new film. Tornatore’s emotionally engaging stories connect very well with international audiences,” said Umedia International’s Peter Rogers.
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Umedia co-produces 30-40 films each year, invests $70M in productions as well as majority or fully financing and producing 4-6 features. Currently in development there is a wide range of projects all with a strong commercial edge such as UNIVERSAL WAR ONE with screenplay by Skip Woods (X-MEN: WOLVERINE), PRICELESS directed by Tom Bezucha (THE FAMILY STONE) and EXIT 147 with Mandalay, directed by Academy award nominee Mike Figgis (Leaving Las Vegas), with Taylor Kitsch.
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