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‘Mammuth’ gets first sale

Fandango will release Berlin pic in Italy

Fandango, Domenico Procacci’s Italian production-distribution house, has closed a deal to distribute in Italy the Berlin Competition player “Mammuth,” by Benoit Delepine and Gustave Kervern.

The pre-sale was sealed by sales company Funny Balloons at the Berlin European Film Market as it launches its sales campaign for “Mammuth.”

Fandango’s acquisition marks the first deal — and sets the buyer bar high — for “Mammuth,” which will screen in Competition on Friday.

Key cast Isabelle Adjani, Gerard Depardieu and Yolande Moreau (“Seraphine”) also will be in town Friday to tubthump the pic, France’s only Competition player at Berlin.

Delepine and Kervern’s followup to hit “Louise-Michel,” which sold in 28 territories, “Mammuth” toplines Depardieu as a just-retired worker who, reclaiming missed pension payments from companies he worked for, rediscovers not only the haunts and people of his youth but finally himself.

“Mammuth” marks an evolution. Previous films were more dark comedies,” said Funny Balloons’ founder Peter Danner.

It’s also the first time Delepine and Kervern have worked with a name cast.

“‘Mammuth’ has a social background. But above all, it’s a feel-good movie,” said Funny Balloons’ head of sales Mathieu Robinet.

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