Over 100 Deals at the Italian Screenings
Held in Naples in the first weekend of July, the 14th edition of the Italian Screenings represent the only film market entirely dedicated to Italian cinema. And Naples brought good luck to Italian productions: 31 films screened, 19 world premieres, 16 world sales company, and 100 buyers from Asia, North and South American, Europe, Middle East, and Australia.
Almost 100 deals have been signed or are currently under negotiation. This is an exciting number that help understand the key role Italian cinema has now worldwide. However, it’s complicated to sketch an exact profile of which films have sold better because buyers’ choices, also depending on their origins, are truly eclectic. Art-house films sell, but comedies too. Films are sold in the US as well as in Russia.
The Italian Screenings are organised by the Filmitalia department of Istituto Luce-Cinecittà, in collaboration with Unefa – Italian Union of Film Exporters, that considers this event as a key moment for the promotion of Italian cinema abroad.
Filming commences today for Paolo Virzì's new film, Notti magiche (lit. Magical Nights). Taking place in the summer of 1990, the film is set in Rome during the football world cup.
1400 accredited professionals, 114 films to be screened for international buyers, 4 special events dedicated to Italian titles from the upcoming film and TV season. These are some of the numbers of the 3rd edition of the MIA, International Market of the Audio-Visual, that will be held in Rome from October 19 to 23 in the "Barberini district".
Three teams will be invited to attend two additional workshops, following which they will begin production on three feature-length films (debut or second works)
Shooting for Paolo Sorrentino's upcoming opus Loro [lit. Them] is under way and the first official image of Toni Servillo playing Silvio Berlusconi has been released.
Emanuele Scaringi’s debut feature will be filmed in Rome and France. Cast members include Simone Liberati, Peter Castellitto, Laura Morante, Valerio Aprea and Claudia Pandolfi.