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Miramax Films has picked up the six-hour Italian drama “Best of Youth” for distribution in English-speaking North America, the U.K., Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.

Pic follows an Italian family from the late 1960s through the present day, focusing on two brothers who share the same loves and goals until they encounter a disturbed young woman. The film premiered this year at the Cannes Film Festival in Un Certain Regard, where it won the Altadis Award.

Directed by Marco Tullio Giordana and released in Italy under the title “La Meglio gioventu,” the film has grossed $1 million in Italy on 35 screens since its release June 20.

What makes the B.O. more impressive is that the film was initially intended as a miniseries for Italy’s RAI television network. Italian distrib 01 Distribuzone released the pic as two separate three-hour installments.

Length poses problems

How Miramax intends to deal with the pic’s daunting running time remains unclear.

Company recently faced a similar scenario with Quentin Tarantino’s three-hour “Kill Bill,” which will now be released as two 90-minute movies. “Kill Bill Vol. One” will bow Oct. 10.

The “Best of Youth” acquisition was negotiated by Miramax co-chairman Harvey Weinstein and Miramax Intl. senior VP Fabrizio Lombardo and by RAI Trade CEO Roberto Di Russo. Chiara Trento, director of acquisitions for Miramax, identified the project for the company.