Directors' Fortnight hit adds deals

Philippe Bober’s Coproduction Office has rolled out sales on helmer Michelangelo Frammartino’s “Le quattro volte,” one of the most singular and popular offers of Directors’ Fortnight among critics and territory distributors alike.

“Volte” has sold to the U.K. (New Wave), Taiwan (Silmware), former Yugoslavia (Megacom) and Iran (IRIB Media Group). Licensing arrangements add to earlier deals for Belgium (Lumiere), Netherlands (Filmmuseum) and Portugal (Atalanta Films).

Cementing its reputation, on Friday “Volte” won the Europa Cinemas Label for European pic in Directors’ Fortnight.

Studiously lensed, “Volte” depicts an old goatherd dying in the hills of Calabria (Frammartino’s homeland), a baby goat’s birth and growth, and a majestic fir, which is finally felled and turned into coal.

Frammartino’s first film, 2003’s “Il dono” (The Gift), was shot on Euros15,000 ($18,750) and sold to 10 territories, Bober said.

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