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Capri, Seville share Canuck pix

Kitano's 'Zatoichi' will be first release under new pact

Capri Films Releasing has teamed with Seville Pictures to ink a two-year distribution alliance for theatrical releases serving French- and English-speaking Canada.

Capri will service all Seville Pictures titles in English-speaking Canada, with Seville releasing all Capri films in French-speaking Quebec.

Deal was first discussed at AFM when Gabriella Martinelli, head of Capri Films, and Tony Cianciotta, prexy of Capri Films Releasing, set up the domestic releasing arm of Martinelli’s production outfit.

First pic to go out under the new alliance will be Takeshi Kitano’s samurai pic “Zatoichi,” being released wide in Canada by the duo on June 11. Miramax will release pic in U.S. on June 4. Pic was acquired by Seville Pictures with Capri Films serving English-speaking Canada.

Other pics lined up for joint release include Capri’s first theatrical acquisition, docu “Metallica: Some Kind of Monster,” skedded for release July 16; and Seville’s French-lingo drama “Nathalie,” starring Emmanuel Beart, Fanny Ardant and Gerard Depardieu, which hits Canadian screens this summer.