Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi announce that Maria Valverde and Isabella Rossellini cast opposite Pierce Brosnan in Martin Campbell’s “ACROSS THE RIVER AND INTO THE TREES”
Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi’s AMBI Distribution To Handle Worldwide Sales
Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi revealed today that Maria Valverde (“Exodus: Gods and Kings,” “Ali and Nino”) and Isabella Rossellini (“Joy,” “Blue Velvet”) will star opposite Pierce Brosnan (“Mamma Mia!” “The Foreigner”) in the WWII drama “Across the River and Into the Trees,” directed by Martin Campbell (“The Foreigner,” “Casino Royale,” “The Mask of Zorro,” “GoldenEye”). The film is an adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s best-selling novel of the same title.
AMBI Distribution, the worldwide sales arm of Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi’s AMBI Group, has come aboard to handle international sales and will be introducing the project to buyers this week at the American Film Market (AFM).
Set in Italy at the close of WWII, “Across the River and Into the Trees” centers on US Army Col. Richard Cantwell (Pierce Brosnan), a bona fide war hero with an acerbic wit, who faces news of his terminal illness with stubborn disregard. Determined to spend his final days in quiet solitude, he commandeers a military driver to take him to Venice, where he intends to revisit his favorite haunts and embark on one last, perfect duck hunt. But as Cantwell’s plans begin to unravel, a chance encounter with a beautiful aristocrat (Maria Valverde) offers hope, redemption, and an escape from the horrors of war.
Featuring major battlefield set pieces in vivid flashback, the film explores the classic Hemingway themes of age, youth, love, and war against the beautiful backdrop of Venice, Italy.
BAFTA-winner Peter Flannery (“Funny Bones,” “Our Friends in the North”) wrote the screenplay.
Producers are Robert K. MacLean, John Smallcombe and Kristen Roegner. Executive producers are William J. Immerman, Krista Wegener, and AMBI principals Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi.
Principal photography is slated to begin in January 2017 in Venice and Trieste.
Maria Valverde is represented by Garay Talent and management firm Tavistock Wood. Isabella Rossellini is represented by APA and management firm Art/Work Entertainment.
AMBI Group is a consortium of vertically integrated film development, production, finance and distribution companies wholly owned and operated by Andrea Iervolino and Monika Gomez del Campo Bacardi, Lady of Bayfield Hall, better known as “Monika Bacardi.”
AMBI has quickly emerged as one of the industry’s most prolific financing, production and sales companies with the capacity to develop, package, finance, produce and sell a broad array of films for worldwide distribution. Among the films on AMBI’s burgeoning film slate are the heist movie “Finding Steve McQueen,” starring Travis Fimmel Kate Bosworth William Fichtner and Forest Whitaker, which Mark Steven Johnson is directing; a new Sarah Jessica Parker drama, James Franco’s post-apocalyptic thriller “Future World”, starring Milla Jovovich, Lucy Liu, Method Man, Suki Waterhouse, Snoop Dogg, and James Franco; the psychological thriller “Black Butterfly” starring Antonio Banderas and Jonathan Rhys Meyers; a remake of Christopher Nolan’s iconic film “Memento”; “Lamborghini – The Legend,” a biopic on Lamborghini founder Ferruccio Lamborghini to be written by Bobby Moresco; the faith based children’s film “Beyond the Sun,” featuring His Holiness Pope Francis; the contemporary fairy tale “This Beautiful Fantastic” starring Jessica Brown Findlay and Tom Wilkinson; James Franco’s “In Dubious Battle,” featuring an ensemble cast that includes Franco, Nat Wolff, Selena Gomez, Vincent D’Onofrio, Robert Duvall, Ed Harris, Bryan Cranston, Josh Hutcherson, Zach Braff and Sam Shepherd; the 3D, CGI animated family film “Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad” starring Jeremy Renner, Alec Baldwin, Heidi Klum, John Cleese, James Franco and Anjelica Huston; and the sci-fi thriller “Rupture” starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Chiklis and Peter Stormare.
In 2015, AMBI acquired the Exclusive Media Group film library, which includes an incredibly diverse portfolio of critical hits, commercial blockbusters and cult favorites such as “Begin Again,” “Cruel Intentions,” “Donnie Darko,” “End of Watch,” “Ides of March,” “Hit & Run,” “Memento,” “The Mexican,” “Parkland,” “Rush,” “Sliding Doors,” “Snitch,” “Undefeated” and “The Way Back,” to name a few. In addition to the library titles, AMBI now has the rights to a number of titles within EMG’s active movie development slate, as well as all sequel and remake rights to the popular EMG films.
Andrea Iervolino has produced, funded and distributed over 55 feature films including “The Merchant of Venice” and “The Humbling.” He is considered one of the youngest and most accomplished entrepreneurs in the Italian film industry and was the recipient of the coveted Mimmo Rotella Award for his contributions to the Italian cinema industry – presented to him at the 2014 Venice Film Festival, alongside fellow recipients Al Pacino and Barry Levinson. Iervolino most recently received the Honor of Recognition as Ambassador of Italian Cinema in the World at annual Italian Contemporary Film Festival (ICFF).
Lady Monika Bacardi is the widow of Luis Adalberto Facundo Gomez del Campo Bacardi, Lord of Bayfield Hall, known as Lord Luis Bacardi (descendent of the Bacardi founder, still a family-run company). Renowned for her passion of modern art and love of photography and movies, Monika Bacardi is a highly successful businesswoman who is now committed to producing films, through AMBI, on top of her numerous philanthropic activities.
For more information on AMBI please visit http://ambidistribution.com/