Int’l distribs falling madly in ‘Love’

'Manual' gross tops $16.7 mil

ROME — Romantic comedy “Manual of Love,” the only bright note in Italy’s slumping box office, has seduced international distribs, scoring theatrical sales to 11 territories, including Germany, Spain and Australia.

Produced by Aurelio De Laurentiis’ Filmauro and helmed by Giovanni Veronesi (“What Will Become of Us”), pic interlaces different tales “Love Actually”-style and features an all-star cast including comic Carlo Verdone, heartthrob Silvio Muccino, Margherita Buy (“Not of This World”) and Jasmine Trinca (“The Best of Youth”).

Released in March, “Manual” has scored a boffo E13.9 million ($ 16.7 million) at home to become Italy’s second highest-grossing pic of the year so far (“Meet the Fockers” was No. 1).

Following the pic’s Cannes market debut, Filmauro has now inked deals with Constantin for Germany, Notro for Spain, Palace for Australia, Odeon for Greece, MGN-Paradise for Russia, Gussi for Mexico and Cines Unidos for Venezuela.

Negotiations were brokered by Los Angeles-based Filmauro sales topper John Matthew.

Pic reps a rare case of an Italo comedy managing to break beyond national confines. De Laurentiis said he is mulling a U.S. remake of “Manual.”

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