Venice: New Italian Distributor Vision Takes Kechiche’s ‘Mektoub, My Love’

VENICE, Italy – Italy’s ambitious new theatrical distribution player Vision Distribution has acquired Italian rights to Abdellatif Kechiche’s Venice competition entry “Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno”  from Pathe Intl.

The French auteur’s anticipated follow-up to 2013 Palme d’Or winner “Blue Is the Warmest Color” is set during the summer of 1994 in a fishing village in the South of France. The new Kechiche pic will be the first non-Italian film to be released by Vision, which will focus primarily on Italian product.

“Mektoub” is described by Pathe promotional materials as the tale of an aspiring screenwriter named Amin who becomes “enchanted by the many female characters who surround him” and “remains in awe of these summer sirens while his Dionysiac cousin throws himself into their carnal delights with euphoria.”

Launched in January by Murdoch-owned pay-TV platform Sky Italia, Italy’s top pay-TV player, together with five prominent Italian production companies, Vision is expected to soon start shaking up Italy’s static distribution landscape with new strategies devised by chief exec Nicola Maccanico, who was formerly Warner Bros.’ Italy managing director.

“Kechiche is still finishing the final editing as we speak,” said Maccanico, who added that “the [film’s] DCP will get into Venice the day before the screening….That’s what Kechiche is like.”

Kechiche launched his career from the Venice fest in 2007 with “The Secret of the Grain.”

This summer, Vision Distribution released its first title, low-budget chiller “Monolith,” about a car that turns into a death trap. Their upcoming Italian pics include Alessandro Gassman-directed “Il Premio” and an adaptation of German Hitler comedy “Look Who’s Back” titled “Lui è tornato,” in which Mussolini resurfaces in contemporary Italy.

“We are working on a diverse slate, which is the basis to create a modern distribution,” Maccanico said.

The only other non-Italian title Vision Distribution has announced is Keira Knightley-starrer “Colette,” based on the life of the French author who wrote “Gigi” and “Cheri,” directed by Wash Westmoreland. They will release “Colette” in Italy after “Mektoub.”

More Film

  • BAFTA Backs BIFA’s Unconscious-Bias Training for

    BIFA’s Unconscious-Bias Training Rolls Out to BAFTA Voters, Wider Industry (EXCLUSIVE)

    The British Independent Film Awards is opening up its unconscious-bias training to BAFTA voters and, more widely, to anyone who judges the work of others in the film and TV business in the U.K. With the makeup of award-nominee and -winner lists under close scrutiny, BIFA introduced its unconscious-bias training last year. Its voters, jurors, [...]

  • Instinct

    Carice van Houten's 'Instinct' Picked Up By Films Boutique (EXCLUSIVE)

    Berlin-based international sales agent Films Boutique has picked up psychological thriller “Instinct,” starring Carice van Houten, who received an Emmy nomination Tuesday for “Game of Thrones,” and Marwan Kenzari, recently seen in Guy Ritchie’s “Aladdin.” “Instinct” has its world premiere on the Piazza Grande at the Locarno Film Festival next month. “Instinct,” the directorial debut [...]

  • If Only - Ginevra Elkann

    Locarno Announces Edgy Mix of Premieres, Joseph Gordon-Levitt Thriller '7500'

    Italian director Ginevra Elkann’s directorial debut, “If Only,” about kids with divorced parents, will open the 72nd Locarno Film Festival, its first edition under new artistic director Lili Hinstin, who has assembled an edgy mix of promising titles from young auteurs and more established names. “If Only” and the fest closer, iconic Japanese director Kiyoshi [...]

  • Jody Madden Replaces Craig Rodgerson as

    Jody Madden Replaces Craig Rodgerson as CEO of VFX Firm Foundry

    Jody Madden has been upped to CEO at U.K.-based VFX outfit Foundry. She steps up fromchief product officer and replaces Craig Rodgerson, who joined the company in late 2017. Foundry was bought by U.S. tech firm Roper Technologies earlier this year in a £410 million ($509 million) deal. The London-based business provides software and technology [...]

  • The Lion King

    ‘The Lion King’ Tops Studios’ TV Ad Spending

    In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by the always-on TV ad measurement and attribution company iSpot.tv, Walt Disney Pictures claims the top spot in spending with “The Lion King.” Ads placed for the remake had an estimated media value of $5.64 million through Sunday for 1,290 national ad airings on [...]

  • Beyonce poses for photographers upon arrival

    Beyoncé Releases Music Video for 'Spirit,' Her 'Lion King' Soundtrack Contribution

    Beyoncé fans are stampeding across the web veldt to get a look at her just-released music video for “Spirit,” the original song she co-wrote and sang for the “Lion King” soundtrack. The track is also included on the companion album she executive-produced and will release Friday, “The Gift.” Clips from the computer-animated film are interspersed [...]

  • Constance Wu and Jennifer Lopez star

    Jennifer Lopez Takes Down Wall Street Crooks in New Trailer for 'Hustlers'

    According to Jennifer Lopez, basic pole dancing movements all revolve around a few foot positions. But as she tells her stripper student Constance Wu, it’s not just about the dancing. In the new trailer for “Hustlers,” Lopez and Wu swindle a number of high profile Wall Street clients in an effort to bring their white [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content