Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2021: #96. Nanni Moretti’s Tre Piani
Italian auteur Nanni Moretti should be set to unveil his thirteenth narrative feature in 2021, Tre Piani, co-written by Federica Pontremoli and Valia Santella. As usual, Moretti is part of the cast, joined by a formidable ensemble including Riccardo Scamarcio, Margherita Buy, Alba Rohrwacher, Adriano Giannini, Elena Lietti, Denise Tantucci, Alessandro Sperduti, Anna Bonaiuto, Paolo Graziosi, Tommaso Ragno and Stefano Dionisi. The project is lensed by DP Michele D’Attanasio (who also served as cinematographer on the latest project from Michele Placido, Caravaggio’s Shadow).
Moretti won the Palme d’Or in 2001 for The Son’s Room. He competed in 1978 with Ecco Bombo, 1994 with Dear Diary (winning Best Director), 1998 with Aprile, 2006 with The Caiman, 2011 with We Have a Pope and in 2015 with Mia Madre (winning the Ecumenical Jury Prize). In Berlin, he competed once with The Mass Is Ended (1986), winning the Special Jury Prize. In Venice, he competed once with Sweet Dreams (1981), winning the Special Jury Prize. His 1989 title Red Wood Pigeon was part of the Venice Film Festival program as well. Only his 1976 debut I Am Self Sufficient did not premiere at a major film festival (with 1983’s Bianca premiering at the Moscow Film Festival).
Gist: Based on the novel by Israeli author Eshkol Nevo, Tre Piani (Moretti’s first adaptation) concerns three families who live in three apartments told in three different segments. The characters from each floor suffer from their own predicaments, which Moretti eventually intertwines.
Release Date/Prediction: Moretti shot his latest feature in Spring of 2019, suggesting he was holding out to compete in Cannes 2020 and now 2021 for the 8th time.