Global Showbiz Briefs: ‘The Best Offer’ Is Best At Italy’s David di Donatello Awards; PictureBox Films Streams Into UK, Ireland

‘The Best Offer’ Leads Field With Six David di Donatello Awards
Giuseppe Tornatore’s La migliore offerta (The Best Offer) won a leading six trophies Friday at Italy’s David di Donatello Awards, including Best Film and Best Director. The English-language film, starring Geoffrey Rush as an auctioneer obsessed with a wealthy art collector (Sylvia Hoeks), beat out Bernardo Bertolucci’s Io e te (Me and You) and Gabriele Salvatores’ Educazione siberiana (Siberian Education) in both top categories. The latter two films went home empty-handed. Daniele Vicari’s Diaz took four Donatello prizes, including Best Producer for Domenico Procacci, and Matteo Garone’s Reality, which won a Grand Jury Prize at Cannes, collected three.

PictureBox Films Begins Streaming to UK And Ireland
NBCUniversal‘s PictureBox Films originally launched in 2006 as a digital TV SVOD service. It’s just undergone a redesign and rebranding to offer streaming to UK and Ireland customers via desktop computer, Samsung Smart TV, and mobile devices. Starting Friday, PictureBox is offering current and library titles. It’s also available in the UK through Virgin Media, TalkTalk, BT Vision and Top Up TV. It goes out via local platform providers In Poland, Russia, Latin America, Brazil and Singapore.

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