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Fine Line buys ‘Caro’ rights

Fine Line Features has grabbed North American rights to Nanni Moretti’s “Caro Diario” (Dear Diary), an Italian first-person comedy echoing the style of Woody Allen.

Fine Line prexy Ira Deutchman brokered the deal with Carole Myer of the Sales Co. at last week’s American Film Market in Santa Monica.

The indie arthouse division of New Line Cinema is skedding the pic for a late 1994 or early ’95 release date.

Currently playing in Italy, the pic was scripted, helmed by and stars Moretti in the story about a man trying to deal with life in his 40s. Subtitled “Events From the Life of a Splendid Forty-Year-Old,” the pic will be Moretti’s first intro to American auds.

First spotted at a Rome film festival by a New Line exec, the pic is produced by Angelo Barbagallo and Moretti. It was a co-production between Sacher Film, Rome and Banfilm-La Sept, Paris, with the collaboration of RAI-1 and Canal Plus. “I am very happy that Fine Line will have the pleasure of introducing Nanni Moretti to American audiences,” said Deutchman. “His comic sensibility is very much in sync with our own.”

Moretti has written, directed, produced and starred in a slew of Italian films, including “Io Sono un Autarchio” (I Am Self-Sufficient), “Sogni d’oro” (Sweet Dreams) and his most acclaimed effort, “La Messa E Finita” (The Mass Is Over).

Critics have said “Caro Diario” is a cross between Federico Fellini’s “8 1/2” and a Woody Allen pic.

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