Magazine article Screen International

Dakota Johnson, Michel Hazanavicius Titles Head to Italy

Magazine article Screen International

Dakota Johnson, Michel Hazanavicius Titles Head to Italy

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Italian distribution veteran Valerio De Paolis may have completed the sale of his company BIM to Wild Bunch two years ago but he shows no intention of retiring on the proceeds from the deal.

The distributor has announced a slew of Cannes acquisitions for his burgeoning Rome-based distribution label Cinema.

Pre-buys at Cannes included David Robert Mitchell's LA-set thriller Under The Silver Lake; Michel Hazanavicius's 1960s-set Jean-Luc Godard tribute Redoubtable from Wild Bunch and Aki Kaurismaki's The Other Side Of Hope from The Match Factory.

"I love Godard and the 1960s and I'm confident of Hazanavicius's ability to capture the era in the same way as he did Hollywood in the 1920s in The Artist, a film that I adored. I think it's going to be an interesting movie," said De Paolis of Redoutable.

On-the-spot acquisitions included Competition titles Toni Erdmann, German director Maren Ade's well-received dramedy, and Jim Jarmusch's Paterson as well as late Finnish-French director Solveig Anspach's The Together Project, which premiered in Directors' Fortnight.

Cinema also made key pre-buys in Cannes of Ken Loach's Palme d'Or winner I, Daniel Blake, JeffNichols' Loving and Bertrand Tavernier Cannes Classics screener Journey Through French Cinema.

"All the acquisitions I do now are for Cinema and not for BIM," says De Paolis. "We occasionally cooperate on the distribution of a film but when I buy something, I buy it for Cinema. We have a 100% functioning office here and do our own sales and marketing."

The new titles join an impressive high-end, art-house slate that also features Berlin acquisitions Being 17, by André Téchiné, and Polish drama United States Of Love as well as Michael Haneke's upcoming Happy End.

"We only started acquiring properly last year. The slate we've built up in that timeframe is quite impressive in terms of the quality and budget of the movies. …

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