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Fabrizio Rongione and Anita Caprioli for Libera me

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- The Belgian and Italian will be back in May in the debut feature by Bruno and Fabrizio Urso. A production managed by To Be Continued with Revolver

Fabrizio Rongione and Anita Caprioli for Libera me
Actors Fabrizio Rongione and Anita Caprioli

The first clapperboard is set to slam on 2 May on French-Italian co-production Libera me, the debut feature by twins Bruno and Fabrizio Urso, who rose to prominence with their short films Luigi Indelicato(winner at Arcipelago in 2009, finalist and winner of a special mention at the Nastri d'Argento, screened at Rotterdam in 2010) and Salvatore (winner at Arcipelago in 2011 and nominated at the David di Donatello awards).

The cast features Belgian actor Fabrizio Rongione (the winner of the Magritte for Best Actor in 2015 for Two Days, One Night [+see also:
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; recently acclaimed in La Sapienza [+see also:
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and The Son of Joseph [+see also:
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, and who we will soon see in Diane a les épaules), Italian actress Anita Caprioli (nominated for the David di Donatello for Best Supporting Actress in 2012 for Corpo celeste [+see also:
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; at her best in La prima neve [+see also:
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, Good Morning, Aman [+see also:
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and Don’t Think About It [+see also:
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) and seasoned French actor Jacques Boudet (who appeared most notably in The Minister [+see also:
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and The Names of Love [+see also:
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, and has also worked with Chabrol, Zulawski, Granier-Deferre, Schlöndorff, for duo Nakache-Toledano, and in many of Robert Guédiguian’s films).

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Written by the two directors with Salvatore Magro, the screenplay centres around Luigi who returns to his hometown for the first time to become its priest. But the harsh reality of life in this dehumanised old fishing port, his encounter with Maria who he used to be besotted with, and the weight of his past choices, soon have him questioning all his convictions.

With Parisian company To Be Continued on board as executive producer, and Italian company Revolver as executive co-producer, Libera me notably received support from the aid for development fund for French-Italian co-productions of the CNC, and the Italian Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism (which also granted the film production aid). Filming will take place from 2 to 26 May in Sicily, in the Syracuse region. Distribution of the film in France and international sales are currently being negotiated.

To Be Continued is a collective structure, in which resources and skills are pooled. Organised around a production committee, the members of which are producers and directors (Lionel Guedj, Vincent Brançon, François Cognard from Tobina Film, Christophe Audeguis from The Cup of Tea, and Clément Duboin from Good Fortune Films), its recent productions include Blind Sun [+see also:
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by Joyce A. Nashawati (produced with Greece), documentary Rock’n’roll... Of Corse! by Stéphane Bébert and Lionel Guedj, and co-production The Ploy [+see also:
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by David Grieco. Currently under development are Ses bras sont des serpentsby Emmanuel Bellegarde, psychological thriller Crashed by David Morley and Jean-Luc Cano, Topper Headon, I Fought the Law by Lionel Guedj, Les Macaronis by Eléonore Faucher based on a screenplay by Johanna Legrand, Dieu reconnaitra les siens by Hassan Legzouli, and Dilbar by Victoria Yakubov.

(Translated from French)

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