VENICE – Indie Italian distributor Satine Film has created a genre label, Satine Noir, and made its first acquisition, buying Dani de la Torre’s “Retribution” in a deal broached and sealed at the Venice Festival. Pic unspools in Venice Days.
Satine has also optioned Italian remake rights to Lucas Belvaux’s “Not My Type,” a tragic tale of class snobbery, starring Emilie Dequenne.
Satine Noir will release a highly select numbrer of titles, not just horror fare but thrillers and action movies, taking genre in a broader sense, Satine Film’s acquisitions and co-productions head Claudia Bedogni told Variety.
Produced by Spain’s Vaca Films, and Atresmedia Cine, “Retribution,” an action thriller set against the background of Spain’s banking crisis, will be given an arthouse-style release in the spring, she added.
Bedogni and Film Factory head Vicente Canales sealed the deal at the Venice Film Market.
Since founding Satine in 2013, Bedogni has seen considerable success, starting with Sundance hit “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” releasing films that are “not pure popcorn movies but talk about serious ideas,” as she told Variety on the Lido.
“Beasts” and other pick-ups – “The Broken Circle Breakdown,” Belvaux’s “Not My Type” – have all sold over 100,000 admissions in Italy, Bedogni said.
Italian audience are “sensitive and sensible,” Bedogni said, but distributors much accompany films to their audiences. she added.
One upcoming Satine release will be “Land and Shade,” Colombian Cesar Acevedo’s Cannes Camera d’Or winner.