- Domenico Procacci makes his first movie, “La stazione,” directed by film-school buddy Sergio Rubini, who also stars. Film goes to Venice, travels internationally, and scores David di Donatello thesping nods for protags Rubini and Margherita Buy.
- Procacci produces “The Flight of the Innocent,” helmed by another film-school mate, Carlo Carlei. Pic gets picked up for U.S. distribution by MGM.
- An itch to make English-language works takes Procacci to Oz. “Bad Boy Bubby” begins his long-standing rapport with Sydney-based auteur Rolf de Heer.
- Produces local hit “Radiofreccia,” helmed by Italo rock star Luciano Ligabue. Pic, Italy’s first to be promoted with a hit single and a video, is a groundbreaker that ushers in audience-friendly quality Italo pics.
- Fandango is among producers of Macedonian helmer Milcho Manchevski’s English-language Western epic “Dust,” which opens Venice in 2001 before flopping mightily. “An important film for me despite its negative reception,” Procaccio says.
- Scores megahit with “L’ultimo bacio” (The Last Kiss) by Gabriele Muccino. This third work by a young helmer whom Procacci believed in from his first feature is Muccino’s ticket to Hollywood and greatly boosts Procacci’s cachet.
- Company sets up Fandango Australia shingle.
- Fandango expands into the U.K. by taking stake in Civilian Content and its sales unit, the Works. Subsequently pacts with producer Eric Abraham to form Fandango Portobello sales shingle.
- After purchasing movie rights to an unpublished expose of the Neapolitan mob, Procacci brings the project to Matteo Garrone, who makes “Gomorrah” into Italy’s most internationally celebrated film since “Life Is Beautiful.”