New Roadside attraction: Italo ‘Me’

Muccino pic is distrib's first solo buy

Upstart specialty distrib Roadside Attractions has acquired North American rights to Gabriele Muccino’s “Remember Me, My Love,” a bittersweet drama of a modern Italian family increasingly pulled apart by their unfulfilled dreams.

A $12 million national box office hit in Italy, where it was nominated for 10 David di Donatello awards — the national Oscar equivalent — pic stars Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Laura Morante and Monica Bellucci. Silvio Muccino and Nicoletta Romanoff also star.

Weighing the frustrations of two generations and the foundering institution of the family in Silvio Berlusconi’s Italy, the drama focuses on a middle-class couple looking in different directions to rekindle some of the vitality of youth while their teenage children also seek to define themselves.

Pic had its international premiere at the Toronto Film Festival last fall and also screened at Sundance in January.

Muccino’s previous film, “The Last Kiss,” was a major breakout hit in Italy and was distributed in the U.S. by ThinkFilm.

The “Remember Me” deal was negotiated by Roadside co-president Howard Cohen and legal reps with Rebecca Kearey and Andy Ordonez of London-based sales company the Works. The Italian-French-British pic was produced by Domenico Procacci for his Rome-based Fandango banner with the French arm of Buena Vista Film Prods. and the U.K.’s Vice Versa Film in association with Italian distrib Medusa Films.

Roadside is planning a summer release.

Formed by Cohen and Eric d’Arbeloff, Roadside previously acquired hit Sundance fast food documentary “Super Size Me,” by Morgan Spurlock and Israeli director Eytan Fox’s political thriller “Walk on Water,” both of which were joint pickups with Samuel Goldwyn Films, the company’s stablemate under the Independent Distribution Partners banner. The Muccino film is Roadside’s first solo buy.

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