The true story has put the fear of god in the directors who consider making it, but finally, it was Italian maestro Marco Bellocchio who took on the project on a person who goes by the name of Edgardo Mortara. An almost three-plus month shoot in Bologna and Rome, Marco Bellocchio co-wrote with Susanna Nicchiarelli (with the collaboration of Edoardo Albinati and Daniela Ceselli, and historical advice from Pina Totaro), this is the true-life drama set in 1858. La Conversione stars Paolo Pierobon, Barbara Ronchi, Fausto Russo Alesi, Filippo Timi, Fabrizio Gifuni, Enea Sala, playing Mortara as a child, and Leonardo Maltese, playing Mortara as an older boy. This was produced by Beppe Caschetto and Simone Gattoni.
Gist: This is about a Jewish child who in 1858 was removed from his family to be raised as a Catholic in the custody of Pope Pius IX.
Release Date/Prediction: This will take at least a good year in post production so we think this will vie for the Golden Lion in Venice.