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Samuel Goldwyn Films picks up ‘Hour’

Film unit nabs rights to Italian thriller

Samuel Goldwyn Films has picked up U.S. rights to Italian thriller “The Double Hour,””with a release planned for the fall.

Directed by Giuseppe Capotondi, the pic bowed at the 2009 Venice Film Fest, where Ksenia Rappoport snagged the actress kudo. “Double Hour” also screened at the Toronto Film Fest and will next be seen in June as part of Lincoln Center’s Open Roads: New Italian Cinema program.

Turin-set storyline follows a hotel chambermaid and a former cop who meet through a speed-dating service. Penned by Alessandro Fabbri, Ludovica Rampoldi and Stefano Sardo, “Double Hour”” is produced by Francesca Cima and Nicola Giuliano.

Peter Goldwyn, VP of acquisition for Samuel Goldwyn Films, negotiated the distribution deal with Charlotte Boucon at SND (Groupe M6), which handled international sales for the movie.

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