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Bac Films Lured by Paolo Virzi’s ‘Magical Nights’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Bac Films is set to re-team with Paolo Virzi for “Magical Nights,” a black comedy set in 1990s Rome that marks the Italian helmer’s follow-up to the Helen Mirren-Donald Sutherland starrer “The Leisure Seeker.”

Bac Films has taken French distribution and international sales rights. The Paris-based outfit previously collaborated with Virzi on “The Leisure Seeker,” “Like Crazy” and “Human Capital.”

Mixing film noir and satirical comedy, “Magical Nights” explores the golden age of Italian cinema in Rome through the tale of three promising screenwriters who turn out to be the main suspects for the murder of a famous producer. The film takes place in the 1990s, after the producer is found dead in the Tiber river on the night of soccer’s World Cup Finale.

While they are being questioned by the police about their relationship with the producer, the three writers reminisce about the splendors and miseries of Italian cinema’s Golden Age all the way through its twilight years.

“Magical Nights” stars Italian newcomers Mauro Lamantia, Giovanni Toscano and Irene Vetere, who will play the screenwriters; the cast is completed by Giancarlo Giannini, Roberto Herlitzka, Paolo Bonacelli and Ornella Muti.

“Magical Nights” is being produced by Marco Belardi for Lotus Production, a company owned by the Leone Film Group. Rai Cinema is co-producing, with 01 Distribution handling the theatrical release in Italy.

The movie, penned by Francesca Archibugi and Francesco Piccolo, is currently shooting in Rome and is expected to be delivered during the second quarter of 2018.

“The Leisure Seeker” will be released in the U.S. by Sony Pictures Classics in January.

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