Back in May at a press conference in Cannes, Bernardo Bertolucci was telling how he liked the new format and how he can’t wait to work with it. The new film by director would be named "Me and You" and Bertolucci was planning to shoot it in 3D. But this week the master has changed his mind.
As early as next Monday director of "The Last Emperor" returns to the director's chair for the first time in 8 years. Bertolucci's last film was drama "The Dreamers" released in 2003. That's what the director was talking about his new project in April this year: "It's a small movie. Only two characters and the actions mostly take place in one room. For me, this is not news: "The Dreamers" was also filmed mostly in a closed space, like "Last Tango in Paris". "Me and You" will be shot in one set, it will be easier for me".
Bertolucci is experiencing back problems, and the pain is so strong that the director is now appearing in public only in a wheelchair, and will shoot also sitting. What prompted film veteran to give up his planes? "3D is expensive and improper business", - explained his decision Bertolucci this week to students of Roman Film School.
At the heart of the drama "Me and You" is the eponymous novel by the popular Italian writer Niccolo Ammaniti. The protagonist is a fourteen years boy, said his parents that he was going to ski, but instead is hiding in the basement, where tries to help his drug addict sister to engage with a bad habit.
The main roles are played by young actors Antinori Jacopo Olmo and Tea Falco. The shooting will last 10 weeks, so you can expect to see a new picture of the master as early as next year, at the one of the largest film festivals.