Mikado buys two more Venice pics

'Thing,' 'Hand' set for fall release

ROME — Italian arthouse distrib Mikado has acquired the Italian rights to Jill Sprecher’s drama “Thirteen Conversations About One Thing,” and the restored version of Peter Fonda’s 1971 western, “The Hired Hand.”

Mikado principals Roberto Cicutto and Luigi Musini concluded the deals with Overseas Filmgroup.

Mikado previously secured the rights to two of the top prize-winners from the Venice Intl. Film Festival, Laurent Cantet’s “Time Out” and Ulrich Seidl’s “Dog Day.” The new acquisitions were also critical favorites at the recently concluded event.

The Italian distrib will release “Time Out,” which topped Venice’s newly-established Cinema of the Present competition, in October. The drama is based on a true story of an unemployed man who fools his family and friends into believing he has a successful career.

The French feature was picked up from Paris-based Celluloid Dreams. Mikado also handled Cantet’s critically-acclaimed 1999 debut, “Human Resources.”

Austrian documentary maker Seidl’s first dramatic feature, “Dog Days,” looks at sex, violence and cruelty in the seamy underbelly of Viennese suburbia.

Mikado bought the pic from Berlin-based Coproduction Office and release is skedded for November.

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