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Acquisitive minds: Arianna Bocco

Senior veep of acquisitions for Miramax, USA

Recent buys:

“Blue Car,” by Karen Moncrieff; “Samsara,” by Pan Nalin; “Tadpole,” by Gary Winick; “Buffalo Soldiers”

Rate the acquisitions climate:

“Generally it’s OK. It seems the acquisitions climate is always cyclical, but there is good material out there, we just have to determine if it’s the right thing for us at the right time. We’re optimistic going into this year’s Cannes but it’s getting harder to take risks on some films if you just don’t feel passionate about them.”

Deal-breaker:

“It really depends on the type of deal you’re doing. It varies from film to film.”

Advice to filmmakers vying for your attention:

“Do your marketing research and make a good movie. A good film will always get our attention, whether we decide to get involved or not.”

Favorite place to screen a film:

“Usually outside of a festival or market situation when it’s more relaxed and you’re not screening eight films back to back. But the adrenaline of certain festivals can also be a good thing. If the film is good, and you think you want to be a part of it, it doesn’t matter where you screen it.”

Films you wish you had picked up:

“Personally, ‘Y Tu Mama Tambien’ and, although not released here yet, ‘Talk to Her.’ “