TWICE BORN is an upcoming romantic war-drama directed by Sergio Castellitto who also wrote the film with his spouse, writer Margaret Mazzantini. Starring Oscar winner Penelope Cruz (Vicky Cristina Barcelona) and Emile Hirsch (Into the Wild, Milk), the film reunites Castellitto with Cruz once more, following their association almost 10 years ago on the passionate drama “Don’t Move”. It will be making its world debut at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.
In the film, Gemma (Cruz) visits Sarajevo with her son, Pietro. Sixteen years ago they escaped the war-torn city while the boy’s father (Hirsch) remained behind and later died. As she tries to repair her relationship with Pietro, a revelation forces Gemma to face loss, the cost of war and the redemptive power of love. Adnan Haskovic, Saadet Aksoy, Pietro Castellitto, Luca De Filippo, Jane Birkin and Castellitto co-star.
Set against the Balkan Wars that tore apart the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s, Cruz starring as Gemma, a woman with a past of considerable complexity. Summoned to Sarajevo by a phone call from an old friend, she catches a plane with her teenaged son to visit an exhibition of photographs taken by an ex-lover. This return to Bosnia triggers a flood of memories as Gemma remembers the passionate times she spent with Diego (Hirsch), a young and exuberant American photographer, just before the Winter Olympics in 1984. Theirs was a magical love, perfect in every respect, until her desire for a child steered their relationship in an unexpected direction. When civil war breaks out, their personal life becomes inextricably intertwined with the horrors that surround them. As Gemma squires her son around present-day Sarajevo, the past continually intrudes, upsetting the delicate equilibrium that has allowed her to forget and move on with her life.
- via Yahoo! Movies