Fortissimo hot in Italy

'Japanese,' 'Months,' 'Friedmans' sold

Fortissimo Film Sales is strengthening its Italian connection, closing theatrical sales for the territory on three titles in the Cannes market Monday, including Australian drama “Japanese Story,” starring Toni Collette.

Filmauro, a leading distrib that bridges the gap between mainstream commercial product and more specialized fare, picked up the pic.

Independent production attorney John Sloss of Cinetic Media is working with Fortissimo to position “Japanese Story” with a U.S. distrib. He says the high level of interest around the title following a packed private market screening indicates a domestic deal will be sealed. The film had its official bow Monday in Un Certain Regard.

“We’re happy to see that the Italian buyers have responded favorably to such an eclectic mix of films,” says Fortissimo co-chairman Wouter Barendrecht. “We hope this can be interpreted as a signal that the Italian market has finally turned a corner and is regaining its strength.”

Also placed for Italy is Fortissimo’s Moroccan drama “A Thousand Months,” about a boy growing up in a mountain village during a time of social and political change. Premiered in Un Certain Regard, the first feature by Faouzi Bensaidi was sold to Esse & Bi Cinematografica, an established production company that recently began acquiring product to move into theatrical distribution.

Following sales earlier in the week to the U.K. and Benelux, Fortissimo sold Andrew Jarecki’s Sundance award-winner “Capturing the Friedmans” to arthouse banner Bim for Italy.

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