Cannes: Nanni Moretti’s ‘Mia Madre’ Sells to Alchemy

Alchemy has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to Italian director Nanni Moretti’s comedy-drama “Mia Madre,” starring Margherita Buy, John Turturro, Giulia Lazzarini, Beatrice Mancini and Moretti.

The film recently premiered in competition at the Cannes Film Festival.

Moretti wrote the semi-autobiographical screenplay along with Francesco Piccolo and Valia Santella and produced the film through his Sacher Film banner along with Domenico Procacci of Fandango and Rai Cinema.

Mia Madre” centers on a director, played by Buy, who is shooting an Italian film with a famous American actor (Turturro), who’s also a disruptive blowhard and buffoon. Away from the shoot, the director tries to hold her life together, despite her mother’s illness and her daughter’s adolescence.

Alchemy closed a deal Sunday for U.S. rights to Gaspar Noe’s sex-infused drama “Love.”

Jeff Deutchman, Alchemy’s vice president of acquisitions, negotiated the “Mia Madre” deal with Nicolas Brigaud-Robert from Films Distribution on behalf of the filmmakers.

Films Distribution, which kicked off sales on “Mia Madre” in Berlin, has already sold the film to more than thirty territories.

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