NEW YORK — Dimension Films, Miramax’s genre label, has nabbed North American rights to Italian director Gabriel Salvatores’ sci-fi thriller “Nirvana” from the film’s producer, the Cecchi Gori Group.

The deal, which went down at the American Film Market last week in Santa Monica, reunites Miramax/ Dimension with Salvatores, who wrote and directed the company’s “Mediterraneo,” winner of the 1991 best foreign-language film Oscar.

“Nirvana” is the story of a computer game designer who embarks on a deadly journey to try and rescue the woman he loves from a treacherous world of virtual reality. Produced by Vittorio and Rita Cecchi Gori and Maurizio Totti, the high-concept thriller stars Christopher Lambert (“Mortal Kombat”), Diego Abatantuono (“Mediterraneo”) and Emmanuelle Seigner (“Bitter Moon”),

Dimension plans to dub the film into English for U.S. distribution. Since its Jan. 24 release in Italy by Cecchi Gori, pic has grossed $10 mil.

The deal was negotiated on behalf of Dimension by Miramax Intl. prexy Rick Sands, senior veepees Scott Greenstein and Jeff Kurz, veepee J.M. Hughes and counsel Steven Hutensky.

On behalf of the Cecchi Gori Group, the deal was negotiated by Gianni Nunnari, Tom Sternberg of Timnick Films and George Hayum of Armstrong, Hirsch, Jackoway, Tyerman and Wertheimer.

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