After shuttering its London-based Fandango Portobello joint venture, Italian producer Domenico Procacci’s Fandango is kicking off sales solo at the Rome Film Festival’s Business Street mart on Rome opener “The Fifth Wheel,” produced by Fandango and Warner Bros. Italia.
Fandango Portobello had been set up in 2007 in partnership with Eric Abraham’s Portobello Pictures in London and was run by exec Janine Gold who exited when they closed up shop in March. Rome-based Fandango sales is headed Raffaella Di Giulio, who had been working in tandem with Gold.
“Wheel” toplines A-list Italo thesp Elio Germano “Our Life” as a Roman proletarian through whose eyes the past four decades of Italian life – including terrorism, corruption scandals, and Silvio Berlusconi’s rise to political power – unfold. “Wheel,” which is helmed by frequent Italo hit maker Giovanni Veronesi, is being released by WarnerBros, locally on 350 prints November 14. Rome’s informal Business Street mart kicks off Nvember 13.
Veronesi has another pic in post, with the same production structure, “Una Donna Per Amico,” toplining Gaul’s Laetitia Casta (“Arbitrage”) and Italo thesp Fabio De Luigi. Fandango also has world sales on “Donna,” which Warner Bros. will release in Italy in February.
Fandango has also taken sales on Rome competition title “TIR,” a drama about a truck driver by documaker Alberto Fasulo and docu “Off Road,” by Elisa Amoruso unspooling in the fest’s docu section.
“We will be focussing mainly on our own product with occasional exceptions,” Procacci said.
In addition to Fandango-produced and selected new projects produced elsewhere, the Fandango Sales catalog will continue to include titles from the joint libraries of Fandango and Fandango Portobello, which include Matteo Garrone’s “Gomorrah,” and “Reality,” Nanni Moretti’s “We Have a Pope,” and Gabriele Muccino’s “The Last Kiss.”