SABINA IS PSYCHED
FOR EUROPEAN SCREEN
Copyright 2002 www.variety.com
[ January 2nd 2002 ]
wrapped in Turin in December on Roberto Faenza's
provisionally titled "My Name Is Sabina Spielrein,"
one of the key Italian features aimed at the wider
European market. The fact-based English-lingo
period drama concerns the woman linked to the
two founding fathers of modern psychoanalysis.
Title character was a Russian Jew, diagnosed with
schizophrenia in her late teens, who became the
patient and, later, lover of Carl Gustav Jung.
being cured and completing her studies, Spielrein
developed avant-garde child psychiatry methods
before being killed by occupying German troops
in her native Rostov in 1942. Little was known
about the woman until 1977, when correspondence
between Jung, Spielrein and Sigmund Freud was
discovered in Switzerland. Since then, she has
been the subject of essays, theater pieces, novels
and various film projects. Writer-director Faenza's
pic will be the first to reach the screen.
Fox, who also stars in Roman Polanski's upcoming
"The Pianist" and is the daughter of veteran Brit
thesp Edward Fox, plays Spielrein. Iain Glen ("Lara
Croft: Tomb Raider") stars as Jung, with Craig
Ferguson ("Saving Grace") and Caroline Ducey ("Romance")
as two present-day scholars researching the woman's
life. Due for Italian release next fall via Medusa
Film, the $6 million feature was produced by Elda
Ferri through her Jean Vigo Italia banner. Pic's
a co-production with London-based Cowboy Film
and Les Films de Centaure of France.
who produced Oscar-winner "Life Is Beautiful,"
also begins a long post-production stint this
month on Roberto Benigni's effects-laden $40 million
retelling of "Pinocchio." Miramax acquired worldwide
rights excluding Italy for the pic last year in
Cannes. Local opening is scheduled for Christmas
via Cecchi Gori