Fest starts to bear fruit
ROME — The first deals to come out of the inaugural RomeFilmFest’s Business Street mart surfaced Wednesday, with Adriana Chiesa Enterprises inking a slew of sales pacts for Giuseppe Tornatore’s “The Unknown” and Lucky Red purchasing Gus Van Sant’s upcoming “Paranoid Park” from Gaul’s MK2.
Red-carpet activity at the fest Wednesday resumed after a one-day suspension to mourn victims of a subway crash.
Tornatore’s dark Trieste-set tale, centered around a shady Ukrainian nanny, went to a half-dozen territories, including Happynet Pictures for Japan, Cinemien for Benelux and PCV for Greece.
New mart could prove congenial for ultra-indie U.S. fare.
Produced by MK2, Van Sant’s “Paranoid Park” is set amid teen skateboarders in Portland, Ore. Shooting is expected to start in coming weeks with a cast of largely non-professional local thesps.
Tornatore’s “The Unknown,” which stars Russian thesp Xenia Rappaport and an Italo cast that includes Claudia Gerini and Michele Placido, is produced by Medusa, which will release the film locally on Friday.