Italy's Nanni Moretti Unveils Next Film 'My Mother'

Nanni Moretti

It will be only the second film in seven years for the 60-year-old Cannes regular whose last film was "Habemus Papam" in 2011.

ROME – Italian auteur Nanni Moretti on Wednesday announced plans for his next film, tentatively called My Mother (Mia madre).

Shooting is expected to start in Rome in January.

As usual, Moretti is keeping details of the new project under wraps. But it is known that the film will star Moretti and acclaimed actress Margerita Buy, who has appeared in Moretti's two previous full-length films, in the main roles. Italian media reported that the film will be at least partially autobiographical for the 60-year-old director, writer, producer, and actor.

With a January start, the film might be a long shot to screen in Cannes in 2014, but that is the usual destination for Moretti's directorial efforts. He has been nominated for the festival's Palme d'Or five times, including his last three feature films, and he won the festival's top prize in 2001 for The Son's Room (La stanza del figlio) and the best director award for Dear Diary (Caro diario) in 1994.

Moretti was also president of the Cannes jury last year.

My Mother will only be Moretti's second film in seven years, following 2011's comedy about a reluctant pontiff, We Have a Pope (Habemus Papam). During that span, Moretti also had a stint as the artistic director of the Turin Film Festival in 2007 and 2008.

Moretti is writing the screenplay for My Mother along with Franceso Poccolo and Valia Santella, two regular Moretti collaborators. It will be produced by Moretti's Sacher Film production house in cooperation with Le Pacte and Franco-German television channel Arte Cinema.

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