Stone starts shooting Avati film with Scamarcio

'Very happy', says Fatal Attraction star

Stone starts shooting Avati film with Scamarcio

Rome, July 18 - Sharon Stone started shooting acclaimed Italian director Pupi Avati's latest film, Un Ragazzo d'Oro (A Boy As Good As Gold) in Rome Thursday. Stone, 55, plays a sexy publisher who breaks up a relationship between a much younger writer, played by former teen heartthrob Riccardo Scamarcio, and his girlfriend, played by rising Italian actress Cristiana Capotondi. "I'm very happy to be here and to be making this film with the Avatis," said Stone in Rome's central Piazza del Popolo, referring to Pupi and his screenwriting brother Antonio. "I'm delighted to be working with Riccardo. I love Rome. I spent the summer with my children in the Italian countryside," said the Fatal Attraction star. Scamarcio, who had a cameo in Woody Allen's To Rome With Love, said: "Sharon is a great actress as well as a great star. She's very 'simpatica' and open, it was fabulous meeting her. It's great that an actress like her agreed to do a film in Italy". "The credit must go to Pupi Avati, one of our most important directors, known the world over". Avati, 74, won the best film prize at the WorldFest in Houston in 2010 with Il Figlio Piu' Piccolo (The Youngest Son). The highly regarded showcase for international cinema also presented a career achievement award to the Bologna-born director and his brother Antonio, longtime co-screenwriter and producer, for their "significant and brilliant movie career". In 2009 the Texas fest devoted a retrospective to the pair's work. Avati, 74, whose credits include La Casa Dalle Finestre Che Ridono (The House with the Smiling Windows, 1976), Il Testimone Dello Sposo (The Best Man, 1998) and Il Cuore Altrove (The Heart Is Elsewhere, 2003), said this was the latest evidence that he was more appreciated abroad than at home. "The US attention to my oeuvre doesn't really correspond to what's been happening in Italy lately," said the former jazz musician, whose atmospheric dramas and offbeat comedies are often snubbed in high-brow Italian cinema circles - although La Papa' di Giovanna (Giovanna's Father) won a prize at the 2008 Venice Film Festival. Other Avati films which have helped build his overseas reputation are Una Gita Scolastica (A School Trip, 1983) and Il Nascondiglio (The Hideout, 2007). His last film before Il Figlio Piu' Piccolo was the 2009 Gli Amici Del Bar Margherita (The Friends at the Margherita Cafe', 2009), a reminiscence on his bohemian years. Also in 2009, Avati received a career achievement award from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). ''This award has more value for me than one from Italy,'' he said at the time. BAFTA Festival director Richard Mowe said Avati's films were ''always different and this diversity has become a trademark of his work''.

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