Cannes: Nanni Moretti’s ‘Mia Madre’ Set to Travel Worldwide (EXCLUSIVE)

CANNES — Nanni Moretti’s “Mia madre,” which world premiered in competition at Cannes and won the Ecumenical Jury prize, set to travel worldwide.

Paris-based Films Distribution has closed Canada (eOne), Germany (Koch Media), Australia (Palace), Korea (T-cast), Taiwan (Maison Motion), Czech Republic (Film Europe), Fidalgo (Norway), Columbia (Cineplex), Denmark (Camera Film), Turkey (Filmarty), A One (CIS) and Mexico (Mantarraya), among others.

Earlier in the festival, Alchemy snapped up “Mia madre” for U.S. distribution.

Echoing Moretti’s own experience and weaving drama with comedy, “Mia Madre” focuses on a film director who struggles to cope with her mother’s fatal illness.

The film protagonist — said to be Moretti’s alter ego — is played by Margherita Buy (“The Caiman,” “Days and Clouds”). Buy stars along with John Turturro.

Films Distribution had managed to pre-sell “Mia madre” to Japan (Kino Films), Brazil (California Filmes), Sweden (Folkets Bio), Benelux (Cineart), Austria (ThimFilm), Israel (Lev Cinema), Portugal (Leopardo Filmes) and Switzerland (Frenetic Films) at Berlin’s European Film Market.

Le Pacte will release the film in France, while Fandango is distributing it in Italy.

Films Distribution’s Cannes slate includes Laszlo Nemes’s Fipresci prize winner “Son of Saul” in competition, and Brillante Mendoza’s “Taklub” in Un Certain Regard. “Taklub” nabbed a special mention from the Ecumenical Jury.

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