Magazine article Screen International

Fortissimo Takes Last Summer, Atlantic

Magazine article Screen International

Fortissimo Takes Last Summer, Atlantic

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Fortissimo Films has added two Last Summer from Italy and Atlantic from the Netherlands to its Cannes slate.

Fortissimo Films is to begin pre-sales at the Cannes market on Italian feature Last Summer and Dutch film Atlantic. Both are currently in post-production and slated for festival launches later this year.

Fortissimo will handle worldwide sales for both outside their respective countries of origin and will introduce the films to buyers during the Marche with exclusive footage.

Last Summer marks the feature debut of London-based Italian commercials and short film director Leonardo Guerra Seragnoli.

Starring Rinko Kikuchi (Babel), the English and Japanese language film also introduces child actor Ken Brady. Produced by Elda Ferri (Jean Vigo Italia), Luigi Musini (Cinemaundici) and Rai Cinema, the film was written by Seragnoli and Igort. Acclaimed Japanese writer Banana Yoshimoto is a contributing writer on the film.

The film is partially set on a luxury yacht anchored off the coast of Apulia where a troubled young woman, Naomi (Kikuchi) has four days to reconnect with her seemingly indifferent and unreachable young son (Brady) in order to leave a lasting memory before she loses custody of him forever. Surrounded by a hostile crew employed by her former father-in-law, Naomi must battle with them and her own inner demons to try and find closure with her son.

The deal was negotiated between Fortissimo MD Nelleke Driessen and producer Musini.

Atlantic is from independent Dutch producer Bero Beyer of Augustus Film (Paradise Now). …

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