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‘Border,’ ‘TIR,’ ‘Road’ Unspool at Buenos Aires’ 2nd Italian Screenings

One-day mart unspools right after Ventana Sur

MADRID – All offering opportune takes on the contempo world, three contrasting Italian Fest hits – Alessio Cremonini’s “Border,” Alberto Fasulo’s “TIR” and Elisa Amoruso’s “Off Road” – will feature at Buenos Aires’ 2nd Italian Screenings, a one-day market unspooling Dec. 7 at the venue of Ventana Sur, right after the Latin American mart’s close.

The directorial debut of Cremonini, who co-wrote Severo Costanzo’s 2004 Locarno Golden Leopard winner “Private,”

the RAI Trade-sold “Border” turns on two young sisters, both devout niqab-wearing Muslims, who are forced to flee from Syria to Turkey during Syria’s current Civil War.

Based on true events, shot in Arabic in Italy, and starring Sara El Debuch and Dana Keilani, “Border” world premiered to an upbeat reaction at September’s Toronto Festival, playing in its Discovery section.

From Fandango Sales, Fasulo’s “TIR” –  a pointed, docu-style portrait of the toil – and toll on others – of an Italian trucker who spends weeks on the road, though earning three times as much as he did as a teacher – sparked a nerve at this month’s Rome Festival, winning its top Golden Marco Aurelio.

A documentary about a loving if unconventional couple, formed in part by Beatrice, a former male mechanic and rally champion, “Off Road” is directed by scribe-helmer Elisa Amoruso whose screenwriting credits include Claudio Noce’s Emir Kusturica-starrer “The Ice Forest.”

In all, 23 brand-new films will screen at Buenos Aires’ Cinemark Puerto Madero, plus a pick of world premieres from Venice, Turin and Rome and five absolute world premieres, said organizer Istituto Luce Cinecitta – FilmItalia.

80 companies from 30 countries in North and Latin America and Europe, plus Australia, have to date confirmed their presence including not only RAI Trade and Fandango Sales but also, among sales agents, Amadeus Entertainment, Doc & Film International, Cite Films and Media Luna.

Per its organizer, the 2nd Italian Screenings rolls off multiple negotiations and deals at the inaugural event, plus the opportunity to lend international exposure to the extraordinary number of high-quality Italian titles bowing at the Venice, Rome and Turin fests in the three-month run-up to Ventana Sur.

Targeting European buyers, Istituto Luce Cinecitta also held Italian Screenings this July at Courmayeur, at the foot of Mont Blanc, sparking Italian film sales to Scandinavia, Germany and Austria, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, CIS and Hungary.

Rather than clashing with major markets, Argentina’s Italian Screenings, which are directed at Latin American and international buyers, aims at giving additional value to those events, Istituto Luce Cinecitta added.

Ventana Sur runs Dec. 3-6.

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