Mark Webber‘s been at Sundance this week in promotion of two films — one of which, The End of Love, he directed — and, while there, he told ThePlaylist about project that will see him reuniting with an American original. As he told them, “[M]y next project I’m doing is this film called ‘Panarea‘ that Jim Jarmusch is producing, that my friend Adam Mansbach wrote…and then my friend Adam Lough is directing.” As you may or may not remember, Webber and Jarmusch worked together on the latter’s 2005 film, Broken Flowers; the actor also starred for Lough in Bomb the System and Weapons.

The project, which co-stars Chloe Sevigny — who, curiously enough, was also in Broken Flowers — sounds like something that fits into the wheelhouse of everyone involved. In a director’s statement, Lough called Panarea “an opportunity to make a movie in the style of an old fashioned European art film that speaks directly to our times – Bertolucci for the Internet generation.” In that fashion, it “lays out the blueprint, affords everyone the opportunity to interpret the words, images, and emotions in their own way,” is “subtle and completely blunt,” and maintains an aura that’s “sexy as hell.”

A synopsis can be read below, courtesy of producer Cinando‘s website:

“PANAREA is a sexually charged relationship comedy/drama. New Jersey couple Paul and Linnea travel to the remote Italian island of Panarea to escape their troubles. Their relationship issues come to a head when Linnea meddles in an argument she overhears on the beach between an Italian man, Salvatore, and his Swedish girlfriend, Josefin. Soon after, the two couple’s lives become intertwined and with Paul and Linnea’s relationship on the brink of collapse they face some big decisions. What starts out as an unexpected exotic vacation, turns into a life altering and defining moment for them as they dive into a world of sexual exploration.”

I won’t speak for anyone else, but the vibe being given off here — so long as it’s genuine and indicative of Panarea as a whole — is very enticing. Pin it on plot outline or the director’s statements, but, though Lough cited Bertolucci — and though he clearly knows more about his own film that I — my impression is a sexy Antonioni. So, a combination of my two favorite things: sexiness and European ennui.

Do you see promise in Panarea?

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