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Modi’ Takes Paris by Storm
“Modi,” directed by Johnny Depp, Italian star Luisa Ranieri, who portrayed the emotionally troubled Aunt Patrizia in Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Hand of God,” has joined.
The film’s shooting has already begun in Budapest. In this film Ranieri stars alongside Italian actor Emedio Modigliani, who plays the role of a troubled artist and sculptor, primarily working in France, renowned for his avant-garde modern style.
Al Pacino takes on the role of the international art collector Maurice Gangnat, while French actor Pierre Niney (“Yves Saint Laurent”) portrays French artist Maurice Utrillo, a close friend of Modigliani.
Ranieri plays the character of Rosalia, the owner of an Italian café in Paris, which was once painted by Modigliani. According to the popular story about the enigmatic Italian artist, who tragically passed away at the age of 35, Rosalia also played the role of his caretaker when Modigliani was struggling with addiction or couldn’t afford warm meals.
This is Johnny Depp‘s second feature film, marks his return to the director’s chair 25 years after his collaboration with Marlon Brando in “The Brave.” Depp recently portrayed Louis XV in Maven’s “Jean du Berry,” his first acting role after the 2022 defamation trial against his former wife Amber Heard, which garnered significant media attention.
This long-anticipated film is based on a play of the same name by Denis MacIntyre and has been adapted for the screen by Jerzy and Mary Chromolowski. The film’s synopsis states that story set in Paris in 1916, spanning 48 tumultuous hours that will become a pivotal moment in Modigliani’s life, ultimately solidifying his legacy as an iconic artist.
Pacino is producing “Modi” alongside his long-time collaborator Barry Navidi. IN.2, the European branch of the production company Infinitum Nihil, is supporting the film. Italy’s IBLB group, led by Andrea Iervolino and Monica Bacardi, is also involved as producers.
This film marks Navidi’s fourth collaboration with Depp, having previously worked together on “The Merchant of Venice” (2004), “The Rum Diary” (2011), and “Salomé” (2013). After several weeks of shooting in Budapest, the is expected to continue filming in Italy, standing in for Paris.