Filming recently wrapped up on Laura Luchetti’s third feature film. Variety reports that Deva Cassel and Yile Yara Vianello toplined the The Beautiful Summer — the book to film adaptation of the 1950’s novel ’s “La Bella Estate” by Cesare Pavese. Luchetti moved into television directly after 2018’s TIFF preemed Twin Flower (where we met the filmmaker). Set in Turin in 1938, against the backdrop of Fascist-era Italy’s subsequent entry into World War II, this sees the 18-year-old uninhibited model Amelia (Cassel) who introduces her younger friend Ginia (Yile Yara Vianello) to a world of bohemian artists where she will fall in love for the first time.
We wouldn’t be surprised is this is earmarked for a Venice Film Festival premiere next year. The film was produced by Kino Produzioni’s Giovanni Pompili who has had a string of critically acclaimed festival films from 2019’s Sole, (from helmer Carlo Sironi – watch our interview) to TIFF Platform preemed Silent Land and this year’s big Berlinale winner Alcarràs (read review) and Locarno launched Delta. Below is the first still from the production.