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Penelope Cruz reunites with Italian director Sergio Castellitto for new film

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Penelope Cruz has enjoyed a long and fruitful cinematic relationship with filmmaker Pedro Almodovar, and the actress is looking to make “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” magic happen again with a role in Woody Allen’s next film. Now she aims to add another director -– and country –- to her resume of repeat collaborations.

Cruz, who gets her biggest Hollywood turn to date with a starring role opposite Johnny Depp in next month’s ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,’ is set to reunite with Italian director Sergio Castellitto. She’ll star in his war tale “Venuto al Mondo,’ and while there have been reports for more than a year of her involvement, Cruz says the movie is now a priority and that she hopes to make it one of her next projects.

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In 2004, the Spanish actress starred in Castellitto’s melodrama “Don’t Move.’ In the auteur’s new film, she’ll play a single mother who brings her teenage son to Sarajevo, where the boy’s father died during the Balkan War. The film is based on an Italian bestseller.

The part is a switch for Cruz, who has until now mostly been sliding between Hollywood- and Spain-based movies. “I like that it’s a movie that’s not Spanish or English,” she told 24 Frames. ‘I love this part of the job that lets you become someone else with a different nationality.” She paused, “I guess I have to start studying Italian again.”

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