Pic portays police brutality at G-8 Summit

ROME — Universal Pictures Intl. Ent. has inked a multi-territory deal with Fandango Portobello for hot-button Italo drama “Diaz — Don’t Clean Up This Blood,” just as the pic about police brutality at the 2001 Genoa G-8 Summit opens strongly in Italy.

Universal will release the realistic reconstruction of the brutal attack by 300 policemen on 90 activists in a Genoa school, in the U.K. and Ireland, Germany, Benelux, German-speaking Switzerland and Brazil.

“Diaz,” which is helmed by Daniele Vicari, has also been picked up by Vertigo Films for Spain, Mongrel Media for Canada and Vivarto for Poland.

Pic with an international cast — including Claudio Santamaria, Jennifer Ulrich and Ralph Amoussou — unspooled in the Berlin Film Festival’s Panorama section, where it came in second for the section’s audience award.

Produced by Domenico Procacci, “Diaz” bowed this weekend at number five in Italy via his Fandango Distribuzione, scoring a strong $870,000 on 240 prints, some of which in multiplexes.

“Diaz” will have its U.S. premiere in June at the Seattle Film Festival, an appropriate place given that the city suffered its own confrontation when police and protestors clashed there during the 1999 WTO meet.

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