EnterTech scores films of Tavernier, Piccioni

Italian Acad hopeful 'World,' 'Today' picked up

John Daly and Mark Tolner’s EnterTech Releasing has acquired two new films — Italy’s “Not of this World,” from writer-director Giuseppe Piccioni, and “It All Starts Today,” from French filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier.

“Not of This World” is Italy’s official entry for Academy Award consideration in the best foreign language film category, and has won numerous awards at festivals around the world, including AFI’s Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award. At home, pic has garnered five David Di Donatello Awards (the Italian equivalent of the Oscar), including the best picture, director, actress and screenplay categories.

Nun finds baby

“World,” which was picked up from Intra Films, is about a young nun who finds an abandoned baby and goes on a quest to find the father.

“It All Starts Today” tells the story of an ordinary teacher (Philippe Torreton) forced to recognize the poverty-stricken reality of his students, and grapple with the subsequent morality questions it raises. Pic won the audience award at the recent San Sebastian Film Festival, and star Torreton has been nominated by the European Film Awards for best actor. EnterTech acquired the film from Le Studio Canal Plus and plans a Feb. 2000 release. Both acquisitions were handled by EnterTech’s veepee of acquisitions and distribution, Peter Marai.

Tavernier has previously directed “Coup de Torchon,” “Captain Conan,” and “Round Midnight.” Piccioni’s credits include “Il Grade Blek” and “Condannato A Nozze.”

L.A.-based EnterTech Releasing is a subsid of EnterTech Media, the production, acquisition and distribution entity formed by John Daly and Mark Tolner, who serve as chairman of the board, and prexy and CEO, respectively. EnterTech Media Group aims to produce and acquire 15-20 films per year, combining domestic theatrical release and foreign sales via the Internet, high-definition TV and digital projection.

Daly founded Hemdale Films, which produced “Platoon,” “The Last Emporer” and “The Terminator.”