Firth, Davis, Keener take 'Genova' trip


CANNES -- Fresh from directing Angelina Jolie in the Out of Competition selection "A Mighty Heart," British director Michael Winterbottom will welcome Colin Firth, Hope Davis and Catherine Keener to lead his next project, "Genova."

Winterbottom will shoot with his finalized cast at the end of June on location in the Italian city of Genova as well as in Boston, with postproduction taking place in the U.K.

The movie is repped internationally in Cannes by Dreamachine, a merger of established art house sales houses Hanway and Celluloid Dreams.

Produced by Andrew Eaton for Eaton and Winterbottom's Revolution Films and co-financed by FilmFour, the U.K. Film Council and Aramid Entertainment, the movie also stars relative newcomers Willa Holland ("The O.C.") and Perla Haney-Jardine ("Kill Bill-Vol. 2").

"Genova" is written by Winterbottom and Laurence Coriat, with whom the director collaborated on both "A Mighty Heart" and "Wonderland" was co-developed with FilmFour.

Billed as a horror mystery story, the screenplay revolves around two American girls and their British father who move to Italy after their mother dies.