Company acquires North American rights to Cannes pic

New York-based Film Movement has nabbed North American rights to “Corpo celeste,” the directorial debut of Italy’s Alice Rohrwacher that screened in Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight.

The speciality label is targeting a New York theatrical release early next year, a limited national roll-out to follow, and a day-and-date cable video-on-demand premiere.

“Corpo celeste” chronicles a 13-year-old girl’s indoctrination by the Catholic Church after she and her mother move from Switzerland to the bedraggled southern Italian province of Calabria.

Sold internationally by RAI Trade, and lensed by French d.p. Helene Louvart (“Pina”), pic is the debut of producer Carlo Cresto Dina’s Bologna-based Tempesta.

Co-production partners include Gaul’s JBA Prods. and Arte France Cinema.

Picked up for France by Ad Vitam, “Celeste” has played at the Karlovy Vary, Dubai, Munich and London festivals.

Deal was negotiated by RAI Trade’s Catia Rossi, Film Movement prexy Adley Gartenstein and VP of acquisitions and distribution Rebeca Conget.

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