Fremantle today announced that principal photography for Without Blood has started in Italy.
The film – written, directed and produced by Angelina Jolie – is based on the acclaimed international bestselling novel by renowned Italian writer Alessandro Baricco. An unforgettable fable set in the aftermath of an unidentified conflict, it explores universal truths about war, trauma, memory, and healing.
Academy Award nominees Salma Hayek Pinault (Frida, Eternals and House of Gucci and Demián Bichir (A Better Life, Hateful 8 and Land) set to star, alongside a stellar international cast and production team. Filming of Without Blood has commenced this month in the Puglia (Apulia) and Basilicata regions of southern Italy, as well as in Rome.
Produced by Fremantle, Jolie Productions (Angelina Jolie), The Apartment Pictures (Lorenzo Mieli) a Fremantle company, and De Maio Entertainment (Lorenzo De Maio). The feature film will be distributed worldwide by Fremantle.
Without Blood is Jolie’s fifth film as a director, and her first under the 3-year international filmmaking agreement the Oscar Award-winning Actress and Director signed with Fremantle in March this year. Jolie and Fremantle will jointly develop a sophisticated, powerful, and internationally focused slate of feature films, documentaries, and original series.
Angelina Jolie, Director, Producer, and Writer of Without Blood said: “I’m honored to be here in Italy to bring this very special material to film, and to have been entrusted by Alessandro Baricco with the adaptation of his book – with its unique poetry and emotion and way of looking at war, and the questions it poses about what we search for after trauma or loss or injustice.”
Jennifer Mullin, Global CEO, Fremantle said: “Without Blood is the first production under our partnership with Angelina (Jolie) and we are excited to work with her and the incredible international team she has assembled. This project underlines Fremantle’s ongoing commitment to producing high-quality feature films and original dramas working with the very best talent from across the globe.”
Angelina Jolie is repped by WME and attorneys Robert Offer and Lindsey Strasberg at Sloane, Offer, Weber and Dern.
Salma Hayek Pinault is repped by CAA, Entertainment 360 and attorneys Edelstein, Laird & Sobel.
Demián Bichir is also repped by CAA.