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Cannes: Italy’s Fandango Takes Sales on Victor Gaviria’s ‘The Animal’s Wife’

19 May 2016 6:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cannes — Italian producer Domenico Procacci’s Fandango Sales has taken world sales on pluriprized Colombian director Victor Gaviria’s female empowerment drama “The Animal’s Wife.”

Gaviria, who has been in the Cannes competition twice – with his first feature “Rodrigo D: No Future” in 1990 and “The Rose Seller” in 1998 – is known for his signature cinema verite style.

His upcoming film, which is currently in post, is billed as an expose of the ways in which thousands of Colombian women are forced into submitting to violence on a daily basis.

World sales representation of “Wife” by Rome-based Fandango Sales underscores the fact they have been increasing the number of international titles on its slate lately, after focussing primarily on its own productions since they shuttered their larger London-based Fandango Portobello joint venture in 2013.

Besides being active in film, Procacci (pictured) is currently also increasingly operating on the TV front. He is among producers, »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Nanni Moretti’s ‘Mia Madre’ Sells to Music Box

19 April 2016 4:29 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Music Box Films has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to Italian director Nanni Moretti’s comedy-drama “Mia Madre,” starring Margherita Buy, John Turturro, Giulia Lazzarini, Beatrice Mancini and Moretti.

The film won the prize of the ecumenical jury at the Cannes Film Festival in May and was acquired by Alchemy from Paris-based sales company Films Distribution. But Alchemy’s financial problems resulted in the rights reverting to Films Distribution, which re-sold “Mia Madre” to Music Box.

Moretti wrote the semi-autobiographical screenplay along with Francesco Piccolo and Valia Santella and produced the film through his Sacher Film banner along with Domenico Procacci of Fandango and Rai Cinema.

Mia Madre” centers on a director, played by Buy, who is shooting an Italian film with a famous American actor (Turturro), who’s also a disruptive blowhard and buffoon. Away from the shoot, the director tries to hold her life together, despite her »

- Dave McNary

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Italy’s Wildside To Produce TV Series Based On Elena Ferrante’s ‘The Neapolitan Novels’ (Exclusive)

9 February 2016 8:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Italian film and TV company Wildside is ramping up production of TV series for the international market with a trio of high-profile projects based on hot literary properties, spearheaded by the four “The Neapolitan Novels” books by Italian author Elena Ferrante, the latest of which, “The Story of the Lost Child,” has been named one of the 10 Best Fiction Books of 2015 by the New York Times.

Other announced additions to Wildside’s expanded international TV pipeline are serial adaptations of French multihyphenate Emmanuel Carrere’s bestselling biographical novel “Limonov” and of prominent Italian author Niccolò Ammaniti’s apocalyptic, Sicily-set “Anna.”

“The Neapolitan Novels” are being co-produced by Wildside with Domenico Procacci’s Fandango, which owns the rights and originated the project. Fandango was among producers of Sky’s widely sold Neapolitan crime skein “Gomorra.”

The plan is for each of Ferrante’s four tomes, all centered around an intense female »

- Nick Vivarelli

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