Refresh for latest… Ahead of the EFM next week, Paris-based Films Distribution has picks up Italian box-office success An Italian Name (Il Nome Del Figlio) by Francesca Archibugi. The sales company will handle world rights on the film which is based on Pathé’s French hit What’s In A Name?. It tells the story of extrovert Paolo and the beautiful Simona who are expecting a child. At a dinner with friends, one question will lead to an argument that will shake the night: the name of Paolo and Simona’s soon-to-arrive son. In What’s In A Name? the moniker in question was Adolf. Here, it’s Benito. Sales commence in Berlin next week.
Fortissimo Films has acquired worldwide rights (ex-South Africa) to Mark Dornford-May’s Breathe Umphefulmo which will world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival. Based on Puccini’s opera, La Bohème, the film transports the story from 19th century Paris to the 21st century Khayelitsha, South Africa and follows a group of struggling artists, writers and actors surviving through wits on the margin of society. A partnership between Advantage Entertainment and Isango Ensemble, and executive produced by Mike Downey and Sam Taylor, this is Dornford-May’s fourth feature. The theatrical release in South Africa is set for later this year.
The Berlin Film Fest has reserved Berlinale Special slots for features from jury members Matthew Weiner and Joshua Oppenheimer. Mad Men creator Weiner’s Are You Here starring Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis and Amy Poehler will screen as will Oppenheimer’s follow-up to The Act Of Killing, The Look Of Silence. Meanwhile, the Berlinale Camera will be awarded to filmmaker Marcel Ophüls.
Content Media has acquired international sales rights to sci-fi action-thriller Pandemic starring Rachel Nichols, Mekhi Phifer, Missi Pyle, Alfie Allen, Danielle Rose Russell, Paul Guilfoyle and Pat Healy. Directed by John Suits, Pandemic features a first person shooter perspective, putting the audience in the middle of every fight whilst feeling in control of every punch thrown and shot fired. Buyers will get their first glimpse in Berlin where the first footage will be screened. It’s set in the near future, where a virus of epic proportions has overtaken the planet and a doctor in Los Angeles leads the charge in the hunt for uninfected civilian survivors.