Sophia Loren and Lina Wertmuller to Collaborate on Tsunami Feature

31st January 2005

Controversial director Lina Wertmuller has said she intends to make a film about the recent tsunami disaster, with Sophia Loren as the main star.


Controversial director Lina Wertmuller has said she intends to make a film about the recent tsunami disaster, with Sophia Loren as the main star. Wertmuller plans to shoot the film on the wrecked beach resorts, and that the finished work will not be simply a straightforward record of the events that occurred on boxing day. According to the director, Le Isole del Sogno (Dream Islands) will use the tragedy as “a means of exploring a scourge that festers below the surface. These 'dream islands' are also destinations of the sexual tourism trade. There, children are sold, and there is organ trafficking and countless other evils”.

Although not very well known in the UK, Wertmuller was a huge hit with the American art-house crowd in the 1970s, and she became the first woman ever to be nominated for the Best Director Oscar in 1976 for Seven Beauties (only Jane Campion and Sofia Coppola have since managed this feat). The director was an ardent Socialist, but not a feminist, and her 1974 film Swept Away, involving a spoiled rich woman who falls in love with a working-class man after he beats her and humiliates her when they are marooned on an island, earned the ire of many audiences. The film was infamously remade in 2002, starring Madonna and directed by Guy Ritchie.

Wertmuller’s Swept Away has recently been released on DVD, and is available from MovieMail for the special price of £11.69 (RRP £12.99).

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