Guy Pearce, Vanessa Redgrave to Visit Fred Schepisi’s ‘Andorra’

Patrick Frater
Variety

Guy Pearce and Vanessa Redgrave have joined the already starry cast of Fred Schepisi’s “Andorra.” The drama thriller is now confirmed to receive finance from federal body Screen Australia.

They and Eamon Farren (“Lion”, “Twin Peaks”) join previously announced Clive Owen, Toni Collette, Gillian Anderson, Joanna Lumley and Riccardo Scamarcio.

The story follows an American who settles in the tiny country of Andorra, meets an Australian couple and unsettles the other natives when he becomes linked to a dead body floating in the harbor.

“This film brings together a script filled with mystery and tension, a stunning Italian location, respected director Fred Schepisi and an impressive cast including fellow Australians Guy Pearce and Toni Collette,” said Screen Australia CEO Graeme Mason in a statement.

Paris-based Celluloid Dreams will handle international rights sales for the picture which is based on the novel of the same name by Peter Cameron, with a screenplay adapted by Cameron and producer Jamie Bialkower.

Production is scheduled to start in Italy next April with David Nichols from Cineroma as the Italian production partner. Production design is by Academy Award-winner Patrizia von Brandenstein, with cinematography by Ian Baker. Post production will follow in Australia.

Producers are Bialkower for Jump Street Films and Lizzette Atkins for Unicorn Films. Academy Award nominee and BAFTA winner James Ivory (“The Remains of the Day”, “Howards End”) is the executive producer.

The film is to be produced on a budget of some A$16 million (US$12 million) and was previously confirmed as being able to access Australia’s producer’s offset rebate system. While Sharmill Films was previously announced as the Australian distributor, Celluloid Dreams now controls world rights including Australia and Italy.

Cameron’s 2002 novel “The City of Your Final Destination” was adapted into a film directed in 2009 by Ivory for Merchant Ivory Productions and Hyde Park Entertainment

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