American actress Kristen Stewart signed on to star in The Match Factory and Mubi’s "Rosebushpruning" from Firebrand director Karim Aïnouz.
Elle Fanning and Josh O’Connor will also star in the movie.
The project is an adaptation of Marco Bellochio’s psychological feature 50 years ago, which was titled Fists in the Pocket. Aïnouz is directing from a script written by Efthimis Filippou (Dogtooth). Adaptation rights were acquired from Kavac Film and shooting will begin in 2024.
"Rosebushpruning" is a dark satire of family and social values, centering on a young man suffering from epilepsy who plots the murders of his dysfunctional family.
“Marco Bellocchio’s astonishing debut, Fists in the Pocket, was released over 50 years ago and had a huge impact on Italian cinema and storytelling at the time,” said Aïnouz.
“I’m excited to be collaborating with Efthimis Filippou to revisit this iconic work to create a contemporary parable about the death of the traditional patriarchal family — which I hope will be touching and provocative in equal measure.”