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Rai Com Scores Sales On ‘Chlorine’ And ‘Latin Lover’ Exclusive

9 February 2015 10:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Italian pubcaster Rai’s sales arm Rai Com has scored its first sale on Italian first-timer Lamberto Sanfelice’s Berlin Generation drama “Chlorine” and is doing brisk biz with Cristina Comencini’s ensemble laffer “Latin Lover,” which boasts a stellar cast including late great Italian actress Virna Lisi.

Paris-based arthouse distributor Paradis Films has taken French rights to “Chlorine,” a coming-of-ager about a teenage girl whose dreams of becoming a synchronized swimming champ are sidelined by a family tragedy. Pic, produced by Ang Film and Ginevra Elkann’s Asmara Films, screened in Berlin segueing from its Sundance bow. Good Films will release in Italy.

Spain’s Wanda Distribucion Cinematografica, Australia’s Palace Films and Taiwan’s Swallow Films have picked up Cristina Comencini’s “Latin Lover,” a comedy that turns on a group of women who descend from different countries upon a Southern Italian village for the commemoration of a famous dead actor, »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2015: #31. Agusti Villaronga’s The King of Havana

8 January 2015 8:15 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

The King of Havana

Director: Agusti Villaronga // Writer: Agusti Villaronga

Spanish director Agusti Villaronga is most infamously known for his delightfully perverse 1986 art-house shocker In a Glass Cage, which starred Gunter Meisner and Marisa Paredes, concerning a former Nazi doctor left paralyzed and confined within an iron lung after a suicide attempt. Circumstances allow him to insist that his wife hires a young boy to care for him rather than a nurse, and we learn that the good doctor is a pedophile that enjoys putting the fear of death into young men. Villaronga followed that up with 1987’s Moon Child, another strange and obscure film, starring Lisa Gerrard and featuring music from her famed group Dead Can Dance. On the art-house periphery generally due to queer themes and motifs, including with 2000’s The Sea, his last feature, 2010’s Black Bread, was ushered forth as the Best Foreign Language submission for »

- Nicholas Bell

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