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Rai Trade sells Darker Than Midnight

27 May 2014 6:17 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Drag queen drama, screened in Critics’ Week at the Cannes Film Festival, sold to Germany, Australia and Poland.

Darker Than Midnight (Piu Buio Di Mezzanotte), the debut of Sicilian director Sebastiano Riso, has been sold by Rai Trade to Germany (Salzgeber), Australia (Palace) and Poland.

The rights for France, the UK, Us and Latin America will be finalized shortly, according to Rai Trade.

The film, which received its world premiere in Critics’ Week at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, is inspired by the real-life tale of one of Italy’s best-known drag queens, Fuxia (aka Davide Capone).

The feature marks Capone’s big screen debut and the ensemble cast includes Boardwalk Empire actor Vincenzo Amato, Lucia Sardo, Pippo Del Bono and Micaela Ramazzotti.

Deals were also closed for a number of Rai Trade’s catalogue titles. Roberto Andò’s political satire Viva la Liberta with Toni Servillo was sold to Japan (Respect) and Latin America ([link »

- (Michael Rosser)

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Cannes: Cristina Comencini’s ‘Latin Lover’ Gains Intl. Cast

15 May 2014 12:51 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Italo-French actress Valeria Bruni Tedeschi (“Saint Laurent”), Spanish stars Candela Pena (“All About My Mother”), Lluis Homar (“Bad Education”), Marisa Paredes and Australian-born rock singer Nadeah Miranda have joined the cast of Italo helmer Cristina Comencini’s “Latin Lover,” which Italy’s Rai Trade is pre-selling internationally at Cannes.

Rai Trade is also selling Critics’ Week entry drag queen drama “Darker Than Midnight” by Italy’s Sebastiano Riso.

Comencini, whose “Don’t Tell” was nommed for a foreign-language Oscar in 2005, started shooting “Lover” last week in Italy’s Apulia region. Pic is an Almodovarian comedy that turns on a group of women who convene from different parts of the world for the commemoration of a famous dead actor, known for being an epitomal Italian stud, played by Sicilian thesp Francesco Scianna (“Baaria”).

Latin Lover” is produced by Lionello Cerri with financing from Rai Cinema, the film arm of pubcaster Rai, »

- Nick Vivarelli

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