Romantic poet, philosopher Leopardi headed to big screen

Biopic to shoot soon in Italian's birthplace

Romantic poet, philosopher Leopardi headed to big screen

Ancona, September 11 - Actor Elio Germano will bring Italian Romantic poet and philosopher Giacomo Leopardi to life in a new film that will soon begin shooting in Italy. The biopic "Il Giovane Favoloso" (Fabulous Youth), directed by Mario Martone, will be produced by Carlo Degli Esposti for Palomar with Rai Cinema. Further details are expected to be released late this week. Germano, a rising screen star in Italy, won the Best Actor Award at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival for his role in "La Nostra Vita", sharing the prize with Javier Bardem for his role in "Biutiful". Shooting on the film is scheduled to start September 16 in the central Marche region the 19th-century writer came from. The film will be shot not only in Leopardi's birthplace, the small hilltop village of Recanati, but also in cities like Florence, which inspired him, and Naples, where he died aged 38 in 1837. Leopardi enjoys iconic status in Italy and his poems are widely loved classics. His reputation is growing outside the country, and the first complete English-language version of his famous Zibaldone notebook was published by Birmingham University's Leopardi Centre earlier this month. Arthur Schopenhauer referred to Leopardi as his "spiritual brother" while international scholars mention him in the same breath as Goethe and Paul Valery. The Italian writer and critic Pietro Citati said recently: "If today I say to a non-Italian scholar that the Canti (Lepardi's lyrical verse) are no less beautiful than the poems of Friedrich Hölderlin or Goethe or (Baudelaire's) Fleurs du Mal, and I insist that the prose of the Zibaldone is no less unsettling than that of Nietzsche, no one believes me. "And yet that is exactly how things are".

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