Bobby Cannavale (The Guardian, Blonde)Elizabeth Debicki (The Crown, Tenet) and Ruth Wilson (Its dark materials, the little stranger) team up for the romantic thriller Andorrawhich will produce legendary Oscar winner James Ivory.
Giuseppe Capotondi (The burnt orange heresy) will direct the film from a script by Peter Cameron (What happens at night), adapted from his own critically acclaimed novel of the same name. Independent Entertainment, behind last year’s Toronto bend drama starring Harry Styles My police officerwill start selling the prestigious project in Cannes later this month.
Andorra follows an American named Alexander Fox (Cannavale) who, after a personal tragedy, begins an idyllic new life in the small sovereign state of Andorra, determined to reinvent himself. But as he becomes entangled in the lives of the mysterious locals, including retired Australian Mrs. Dent (Debicki) and the matriarch’s daughter, Miss Quay (Wilson), the mystery of Alexander’s parentage deepens. When bodies turn up at the docks, he finds himself in a spiral of crisis of conscience and identity, in a land from which he may not be able to escape.
“A Kafkaesque tale of murder, love and deceit, Andorra is not what it seems. Like an ant on a Möbius strip, Alexander is in a loop that is almost impossible to escape,” Capotondi said. “Fun, sexy, mysterious, extravagantly beautiful, thrilling and utterly satisfying, Andorra is pure escapism. Literal.”
Jamie Bialkower produces for Jump Street Films. Cora Palfrey and Sarah Lebutsch will serve as executive producers for Independent Entertainment, which handles international sales. Production on Andorra is scheduled for fall 2023.
“We are incredibly excited to start selling Andorra, executive produced by the legendary James Ivory, will hit the Cannes market this year, said Cora Palfrey, COO at Independent Entertainment. “With an outstanding cast, the masterful direction of Giuseppe, whose work we have admired for years, we are sure that buyers will be as captivated as we are by this gripping mystery thriller with a heart-wrenching twist.”
Bialkower added: “Peter Cameron’s vibrant and terrifying characters call for actors of the highest caliber, and Giuseppe has put together a dream team to bring them to life. The world of Andorra is impossibly heightened and strangely unsettling, guiding us with a ruthless precision to a destination that will make you question everything that came before. It promises to be a visually stunning and richly psychological film for audiences to debate.
Capotondi is represented by Casarotto Ramsay & Associates and Anonymous Content. Cameron is represented by CAA. Cannavale is represented by CAA and Framework Entertainment. Debicki is represented by CAA. Wilson is represented by CAA, Untitled Entertainment and Hamilton Hodell.