Fortissimo Films has acquired a slate of films it plans to launch at the Venice, Toronto or San Sebastian film festivals. The pics include , a Venice premiere from director Naji Abu Nowar about a boy’s journey to adulthood after the death of his father, which includes a treacherous journey across the Arabian Desert. Also on the slate is Toronto debutant Ned Rifle, the third film in director Hal Hartley's trilogy that began with Henry Fool and Fay Grim. This one follows Henry and Fay’s teenage son Ned, who emerges from a witness-protection program with a single purpose: to kill his father for ruining his mother’s life. The company also will present Atlantic, windsurfing-themed romantic road movie from Jan-Willem van Ewijk, also bowing at Toronto, and San Sebastian premiere Foodies, a documentary from co-directors, Thomas Jackson, Charlotte Landelius and Henrik Stockare, which focuses on the world of great food, world-renowned restaurants and influential bloggers. Fortissimo also will sell Black Coal, Thin Ice from director Diao Yinan and Ira Sachs’ Love Is Strange.
ITV has ordered the limited series Black Work, starring Sheridan Smith as a policewoman and mother trying to find out who killed her undercover-cop husband. The three hourlong episodes follow Jo as she confronts difficult truths about her family life and her marriage while unravelling the last six months of her husband’s life. Production on the series from Mammoth Screen will begin in the fall. It is written by Matt Charman, directed by Michael Samuels and produced by Tom Mullens. Rebecca Keane and Damien Timmer executive produce for Mammoth Screen.