Sales company set up by ex-Celluloid Dreams exec

ROME — Italo helmer Saverio Costanzo’s “Private” followup “In Memory of Myself” (In Memoria di Me) has been acquired for world sales by Paris-based Scalpel Films, the company set up by Pierre Menahem, a former sales chief at Celluloid Dreams.

Drama set in a Venician monastery is centered around a young Jesuit novice, played by Bulgarian thesp Christo Jivkov (“The Passion of the Christ”), who gets cold feet prior to his ordination.

Produced by Mario Gianani’s Offside with financing from Medusa, pic is Italy’s sole competition entry at the upcoming Berlin fest. Medusa will be releasing on March 9 in Italy.

Menahem previously handled sales on “Private,” Costanzo’s first work about a Palestinian family forced to cohabitate with Israeli soldiers. “Private” won the 2004 Locarno Leopard before being sold to 40 territories, including the U.S. where it got a niche theatrical outing via Typecast Releasing.

In Berlin, Scalpel also will be handling sales on Teutonic title “Hotel Very Welcome,” a first work by helmer Sonja Heiss unspooling in the Perspektive Deutsches Kino German film sidebar, and also on Panorama title “The Bubble,” by Israel’s Eytan Fox. Tel Aviv-set drama bowed in Toronto and also was in the RomeFilmFest mart.

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