Italian Distributor Valerio De Paolis Ramps Up New Company Called Cinema

Veteran Italian film distributor Valerio De Paolis is on a shopping spree, ramping up operations of his new company, called Cinema, which he launched last year after completing the sale of his BIM Distribuzione to Wild Bunch.

Cinema made a positive bow at the Italian box office with Berlin Golden Bear winner “Taxi,” by Jafar Panahi, released in late August. Now De Paolis has announced a high-profile slate that includes Hilary Swank and Tom Wilkinson-starring  “Denial,” picked up from Cornerstone; Gurinder Chadha-directed “Viceroy’s House,” with Hugh Bonneville and Gillian Anderson, acquired from Pathe; Jeff Nichols’ 1960s-set mixed-race couple drama “Loving” from Elle Driver; and John Cameron Mitchell’s “How to Talk to Girls at Parties,” by purchased from HanWay Films.

“The plan is to release 12films of year; eight directly through the Cinema label and four via BIM, with which I still have a close rapport,” De Paolis said in Venice. He will be soon trekking to Toronto seeking fresh fare.

With Cinema De Paolis is also launching a line of docus focused on the worlds of film and art. That line at this stage includes “Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words” by Stig Bjorkman, “Hitchcock/Truffaut” by Kent Jones, “Magician: The Astonishing Life and Works of Orson Welles” by Chuck Workman, and “Hockney” by Randall Wright.

Cinema’s upcoming releases include Cannes Palme d’Or winner “Dheepan,” Meryl Streep-starrer “Suffragette,” and Jia Zhangke’s “Mountains May Depart,” clear indications that De Paolis will be handling a wide range of quality pictures, several of which show potential to go wider than the arthouse circuit.

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