Secures rights in North America, Europe, Australasia

BERLIN — Miramax Films has closed its expected deal to acquire “I’m Not Scared” by Italian director Gabriele Salvatores for distribution in North America, the U.K., France, Australia and New Zealand.

Pic had its world premiere Feb. 8 in competition at the 53rd Berlin Intl. Film Festival.

It’s a story of a 10-year-old boy, living in an isolated hamlet in the deep south of Italy, who stumbles across a kidnapped boy being held prisoner in a hole under a deserted house. It turns out that all the adults in the apparently idyllic and loving village are involved in the ransom plot.

Sources suggest that Miramax paid $1.75 million for the pic, which is being sold by London-based Capitol Films. Capitol’s Jane Barclay refused to comment.

Barclay negotiated deal with Miramax COO Rick Sands, Agnes Mentre and Maeva Gattineau.

Sands said, “We are delighted to be working with Gabriele Salvatores again after our major success with the Oscar-winning ‘Mediterraneo.'”

Barclay commented, “‘I’m Not Scared’ is a remarkable piece of filmmaking and we are thrilled that the film will be brought to audiences in these key territories by Miramax Films.”

Pic opens March 14 in Italy via Medusa, and in Spain via Fox. It was co-produced by Colorado Film and Cattleya in association with Medusa. Salvatores adapted it from the best-selling book by Niccolo Ammaniti.

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