Bella Thorne’s “Saint Clare” to Open Italy’s Taormina Film Festival

Bella Thorne’s latest project is set to open one of Italy’s most popular film festival.

Saint Clare, starring the 26-year-old half-Cuban American actress/singer and Ryan Phillippe, will open Italy’s Taormina Film Festival

Bella ThorneDescribed as a “thriller,” the film is based on Don Roff’s novel Clare at Sixteen.

Set in a small town, the story follows a solitary young woman who is haunted by voices that lead her to assassinate ill-intended people and get away with it until her last kill sucks her down a rabbit hole riddled with corruption, trafficking, and visions from the beyond.

The film is directed by Italian film director and screenwriter Mitzi Peirone, who also co-wrote the script with Guinevere Turner.

Thorne stars in the titular role with Philippe and Rebecca DeMornay (Wedding Crashers) supporting.

The film was produced by David Chackler, Arielle Elwes and Joel Michaely.

The original soundtrack is by Zola Jesus.

“We couldn’t have dreamed of a better debut for our oneiric film than the gorgeously historic Taormina,” said Peirone. “We are elated and humbled, especially for a picture that delves into spiritual beauty, female sainthood, and fate, there is no better home in the world than Sicily.”

Thorne returns to Taormina after guest curating a gala evening at last year’s festival.

Taormina runs from July 12 to July 19.

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