Actor Elio Germano will bring Italian Romantic poet and philosopher Giacomo Leopardi to life in a new film that will soon begin shooting in Italy.
The biopic "Il Giovane Favoloso" (Fabulous Youth), directed by Mario Martone, will be produced by Carlo Degli Esposti for Palomar with Rai Cinema.
Further details are expected to be released late this week.
Germano, a rising screen star in Italy, won the Best Actor Award at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival for his role in "La Nostra Vita", sharing the prize with Javier Bardem for his role in "Biutiful". Shooting on the film is scheduled to start September 16 in the central Marche region the 19th-century writer came from.
The film will be shot not only in Leopardi's birthplace, the small hilltop village of Recanati, but also in cities like Florence, which inspired him, and Naples, where he died aged 38 in 1837.
Leopardi enjoys iconic status in Italy and his poems are widely loved classics. [...]