ROME — Quentin Tarantino's upcoming "The Hateful Eight," Bradley Cooper-starrer "Adam Jones," Martin Scorsese's "Silence," and Dennis Villeneuve's Cannes standout "Sicario" are among promising U.S. pics lined up by Italy's Rai Cinema, which is coming off a banner 2014-15 theatrical season as the country's top local distributor, after Warner Bros. and Universal.The film distribution and production unit of Italo pubcaster RAI unveiled an impressive slate on Monday in Rome, dominated by Italian titles, as befits a government-funded outfit, but still...
Del Brocco has risen in the ranks at Rai, which he joined as a number cruncher for the pubcaster’s top management unit in 1991. He was subsequently promoted to planning and controlling rights acquisition and production, before becoming a top manager in Rai’s drama acquisitions and film production unit.
Del Brocco was appointed to oversee its finances In 2000 when Rai Cinema was set up, then became its chief executive in 2007. Under his guidance, the production and distribution company has released a slew of Italian hits including comedy “Si accettano miracoli,” which scored more than $17 million locally, along with well-performing prestige international titles such as Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight.” The movie projects he chooses consistently yield a solid box office batting average for Rai Cinema’s 01 theatrical distribution unit), while also ensuring presence and prizes for Rai Cinema at major international film festivals.
Rai Cinema co-financed 2016 Berlin Film Festival Golden Bear winner “Fire at Sea.” They are the regular backers of new movies by acclaimed Italian auteurs including Matteo Garrone, Nanni Moretti, and Marco Bellocchio. “We have a lineup for all tastes. Success is reaching the target for each title and bringing people back into movie theatres,” Del Brocco said at a recent exhibitors’ meet. “All our titles, even the comedies, seek to be entertaining but also though-provoking. This is the road for the future.”