October Films snags rights to ‘Best Man’

NEW YORK — October Films has acquired all North American rights to Pupi Avati’s “The Best Man” (Il Testimone dello Sposo), Italy’s entry in the foreign-language film Oscar race.

Starring Diego Abantantuono and Ines Sastre, “The Best Man” is the story of a man who returns to his village in Northern Italy after having made a fortune in America. He plans to be the best man in a local wedding, but after he meets the bride, an unpredictable turn of events occurs.

A Filmauro Duea Film production, “Best Man” was produced by Antonio Avati and Aurelio De Laurentis.

“This is one of those rich, colorful and romantic films that can capture the heart and imagination of audiences everywhere,” said Scott Greenstein, who is a partner in October Films along with Bingham Ray and John Schmidt.

“I am very proud that October Films, a company which has displayed such strong interest in and passion for European films such as ‘Breaking the Waves’ and ‘Secrets & Lies,’ will be releasing my film,” said Avati.

The deal was negotiated by October’s senior VP of business affairs, Avy Eschenasy, and the film’s producers, Avati and De Laurentis.

October’s upcoming release schedule includes Robert Duvall’s “The Apostle,” which opens Dec. 17 for a one-week Oscar qualifying run, as well as Shane Meadows’ “TwentyFourSeven” and Trey Parker’s “Orgazmo,” both of which have been selected for the 1998 Sundance Film Festival.

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