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Friday, July 9, 2010

David Byrne to Score New Paolo Sorrentino Film

Musician, author, PowerPoint User, bicycle aficionado, TED lecturer and ex-Talking Head David Byrne has announced he will score This Must Be the Place, the English-language debut of Italian auteur Paolo Sorrentino.

The film presumably takes its name after the Talking Heads' song, "This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)," and will star Sean Penn as a wealthy, middle-aged rock star whose retirement ennui leads him to track down his father’s executioner, an ex-Nazi war criminal taking refuge in the U.S. The film will also star Frances McDormand as Penn’s wife and Toni Servillo (who starred in Sorrentino’s Prix du Jury-winning Il Divo at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival) as the Nazi Sean Penn was out to off.

From the Playlist: The film reportedly has a budget of $28 million, and has been described by Sorrentino as multi-faceted: “On the one hand, it's about a father-and-son relationship. On the other, it delves into the theme of the Holocaust, which is a lot riskier, but also something I've been thinking about a lot.”

Byrne has done all kinds of score work accompanying work by the likes of Jonathan Demme, Bernardo Bertolucci and David Mackenzie. Byrne recently worked on HBO's Big Love, and the 2003 David Mackenzie film, Young Adam.

The film is set to shoot in Dublin, Ireland and the U.S. for 10 weeks starting in August.


Barbara Bruederlin said...

Despite the fact that I want to accuse you of engineering this whole thing just for the opportunity to use the word "ennui", I have to admit that this, like everything else that Byrne touches, sounds pretty cool. He is pretty much living the life that I have always wanted.

Sean Wraight said...

I am in decidedly French mood today my dear. It was inevitable.

That aside, the man lives the life I want as well. Including having the coolest mane of grey I have ever seen!