German thesp Lars Eidinger ("The Clouds of Sils Maria") has joined Italo Alba Rohwarcher ("Le Meraviglie") in Albania-set drama "Sworn Virgin." Match Factory will continue pre-sales in Cannes after kicking them off in Berlin, where it was picked up by Gaul's Pretty Pictures.
Helmed by Italo first-timer Laura Bispuri, "Virgin" turns on an archaic Albanian custom that sees the protag, played by Rohrwacher, swear to remain a virgin and basically impersonate a man in order to obtain the same rights as men within a village community. Pic is based on a novel by Elvira Dones.
"Virgin" is being produced by Vivo Film. Match Factory is co-producing.