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Films notch sales at Rome festival

'Beautiful Thing,' ' Vallanzasca' find o'seas homes

Gaul’s Wild Bunch has picked up multi-territory rights to Paolo Virzi’s “The First Beautiful Thing” (La Prima Cosa Bella), Italy’s foreign-language film Oscar entry, and French rights to Michele Placido’s “Vallanzasca” in early sales at the Rome Film Festival’s Business Street mart.

Wild Bunch, which inked the “Beautiful” deal with Paola Corvino’s IntraMovies, will release the bittersweet drama in France and has taken on sales in other key territories, including Spain, Latin America and Japan.

In October, Palisades Tartan acquired North American rights to “Beautiful,” which stars Micaela Ramazzotti and Stefania Sandrelli.

Released in Italy by Medusa, “Beautiful” capitalized on a growing appetite for more highbrow comic fare, grossing more than $8 million, and winning three David di Donatello nods, Italy’s top film awards.

An Oscar campaign is under way Stateside for the pic, which will open L.A.’s Cinema Italian Style showcase Nov. 9.

“Beautiful” is produced by Fabrizio Donvito, Bernadetto Habib and Marco Cohen for Indiana Prods., in which helmer Gabriele Muccino is a partner.

The deal for “Vallanzasca” was inked with co-producer Fabio Conversi from Babe Films.

“Vallanzasca,” which bowed out-of-competition at the Venice fest, is a biopic about Milanese mobster Renato Vallanzasca, starring Kim Rossi Stuart, Paz Vega and Moritz Bleibtreu.

As part of a multi-pic agreement with Fox Intl. Prods., Amsterdam-based Fortissimo handles sales outside Italy, France, Germany and Scandinavia. Fox will release the pic in Italy on Dec. 17. Wild Bunch will release the drama in France in spring.

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