The Italian Almanac

Claudio Amendola and Francesca Neri

Italian Movies - January 14th

Italy's erotic best-selling novel based on the virtually-autobiographical diary of a young Sicilian woman, is to be brought to the silver screen, actor Claudio Amendola announced.

Amendola, who will produce the movie based on the novel "One Hundred Strokes of the Brush before Bed", said shooting would begin February 28 with a 18-year-old Spanish actress in the starring role.

The novel was written by Melissa Panarello, who was 17 when the book was published in 2003. It subsequently made it to the top of Italy's bestseller list.

The film will be produced by Bess Movie, the production company created by Amendola and his wife Francesca Neri.