RAI Trade hangs out with ‘Caravaggio’

Biopic is directed by Storaro and stars Boni

BERLIN — RAI Trade has kicked off sales on “Caravaggio,” a biopic about the bad boy of Renaissance art lensed by Vittorio Storaro and starring Alessio Boni (“Best of Youth”) in the lead role.

Co-production about the influential Italo painter who in 1600 burst upon the Rome art scene, from which he fled in 1606 after killing a young man in a brawl, is scripted, shot and packaged in two versions: as a two-part TV mini and as a movie for theatrical release.

Distrib Tokio Theaters has acquired Japanese rights to both versions, said RAI Trade sales exec Sesto Cifola. He also said the pubcaster has not decided yet whether Italian bow will be on the big or small screen.

Directed by local skein helmer Angelo Longoni, $10 million biopic is produced by Ida Di Benedetto’s Titania with financing from RAI Fiction, Germany’s EOS, France’s GTM and Istituto del Cinema Catalano.

At the EFM, RAI Trade is showing clips of “Caravaggio” that also stars Elena Sofia Ricci (“The Bible”) as Costanza Colonna, the Roman noblewoman who protected the painter during his life.

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