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Weinstein Co Acquires Italian Crime Drama Series ‘Gomorra’

8 April 2014 8:27 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

The Weinstein Company has acquired rights to the Sky Italia crime drama series Gomorra, directed by Stefano Sollima (Romanzo Criminale). Marco D’Amore, Fortunato Cerlino, Maria Pia Calzone, Salvatore Esposito, Marco Palvetti star in the series based on Roberto Saviano’s bestselling novel, the inside story of the fierce Neapolitan crime organization Camorra. It tells the story of 30-year-old Ciro (d’Amore), the right hand of the Savastano clan’s godfather Pietro (Cerlino), and the ruthless war to take over “The System”. The series consist of 12 one-hour installments and in addition to Sky Italia is produced by Cattley, Fandango La 7 and Beta Film. Negotiations began at the 2013 Mipcom market. The deal is for the original series and no remake is planned as of now. “This is a project that caught our eye a while back for its world-class acting talent, as well as Stefano Sollima’s phenomenal abilities to craft a thriller like none other. »


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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #114. Michael Winterbottom’s The Face of an Angel

14 February 2014 7:30 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

The Face of an Angel

Director: Michael Winterbottom

Writer: Paul Viragh

Producers: Melissa Parmenter and Riccardo Tozzi

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available

Cast: Kate Beckinsale, Daniel Bruhl, Cara Delevingne

Further down on our list you’ll see Winterbottom’s The Trip To Italy. We should see a double dose of him this year, and a dramatic effort to boot. While 2012’s The Look of Love was a serious endeavor, this latest sees the director return to thriller mode. A screenplay adaptation from actor turned writer Paul Viragh should be an interesting element.

Gist: Both a journalist and a documentary filmmaker chase the story of a murder and its prime suspect.

Release Date: While we’ll see Winterbottom’s other 2014 title unveil at Sundance, we’re hoping to see this pop up in Venice and Toronto.

More Top 200 Most Anticipated Films of 2014 Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #115. Quentin Dupieux’s »

- Nicholas Bell

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Italy Bucks Europe’s Downward 2013 Box Office Trend

15 January 2014 10:45 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome – Bucking most of Europe’s downward box office trend, Italy’s box office in 2013 saw a 6 percent year-on-year rise in admissions to 97 million, and a 1.5 percent increase in grosses to $840 million, with Hollywood product accounting for a 53 percent piece of the Italo pie, exactly the same market share as in 2012.

The discrepancy between the percentage increase in admissions and grosses is due to a reduction in the country’s movie ticket prices this past year compared with 2012, which proved to be a smart move.

“We are among the few countries in Europe who are experiencing a positive time,” said Andrea Occhipinti, topper of prominent Italo distribbery Lucky Red and head of the country’s distributors, as the figures were announced at the Rome headquarters of motion picture association Anica on Wednesday.

Occhipinti also proudly pointed out that Italian movies account for a roughly 30 percent share of the 2013 home box office. »

- Nick Vivarelli

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