Veniceblog reader J. has just sent word that Lasse Hallstrom's Casanova will be unveiled at the Venice Film Festival on September 3rd. It should be released in the US around Christmas. (UPDATE: the reviews are trickling in. See this post.)
We've been tracking this production ... folks have sent me pix of the filming in progress, sets, actors in costume and the like (see this link, for example). The Casanova production company actually contacted me and used some of my ambient audio recordings of the city to guide sound design for the film
Some interesting blurbs from press material:
Casanova is, after an interval of almost 30 years, the first film by a major production company to be filmed entirely in Italy (and more importantly in Venice).
"We have been courting the producers of this film, which shows off Venice as an extraordinary movie set, ever since last year", declared the Festival's Director, Marco Müller. "It is the perfect film for a festive occasion; it is a fun, unrestrained work, like the classic Hollywood cloak-and-dagger films, but with a robust dose of modern, irreverent modernity."
(That's a relief. I hate old-fashioned, out of date modernity.)
The film stars Heath Ledger as the title horndog himself, along with the long-suffering Sienna Miller (Jude .. dude ... how could you?) as his love interest. You've also got Jeremy Irons, Lena Olin and Oliver Platt to round out the cast.
I've got my fingers crossed on this one. I'll follow the early reviews and let you know.
By the way, if you're in town during the Film Festival, by all means go. It's a total trip, and not at all difficult to navigate. Tickets are reasonably easy to get, and available in convenient places throughout the city.