Move reps first major sale for Venice winner
In the first major sale of Venice Golden Lion winner “Still Life,” arthouse distrib Lucky Red has acquired Italian rights to the doculike pic by Chinese helmer Jia Zhangke.Jia’s depiction of the social consequences of the construction of China’s giant Three Gorges Dam, also unspooling in Toronto, is being sold by Paris-based sales agent Memento Films. Lucky Red is planning an Italo release for “Still Life” in 2007. Previously, Lucky Red secured Italian rights to Venice Special Jury Prize winner “Daratt” (Dry Season), which also is in Toronto. Helmed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun and sold by Gaul’s Pyramide Intl., “Daratt” is a drama about reconciliation in the aftermath of the civil war in Chad. Meanwhile, Italy’s Mikado has snapped up another Lido standout, Venice Crix Week winner “A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints,” U.S. helmer Dito Montiel’s Queens, N.Y.-set memoir, from First Look Pictures.