Magazine article Screen International

Italy's Vision Makes Keira Knightley Movie First Int'l Release

Magazine article Screen International

Italy's Vision Makes Keira Knightley Movie First Int'l Release

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EXCLUSIVE: Colette first English-language film for buyer backed by Sky; will co-release with Good Films.

Wash Westmoreland’s (Still Alice) upcoming biopic Colette, starring Keira Knightley, will be the first international title released by major new Italian distributor Vision Distribution, which is backed by Sky Italia.

Vision will release the movie in partnership with Good Films who picked up the anticipated biopic from HanWay last year.

A launch date has yet to be finalised for the film, which is currently in production.

The Wire And The Affair star Dominic West stars opposite Keira Knightley in Colette, which is based on the colourful life of the French author who wrote Gigi and Cheri and won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1948. Producers are Killer Films, Number 9 and Bold Films.

Shakeup

Headed by former Warner Bros. Italy managing director Nicola Maccanico, Vision Distribution is the JV between Sky Italia - Italy’s top pay-TV provider - and major local producers Cattleya, Wildside, Indiana Production, Lucisano Group and Palomar.

The company’s arrival marks a signficant shakeup in the local market, which has been largely dominated by Rai and Mediaset/Medusa (the latter run by Silvio Berlusconi), not least because Sky will have first pay-TV run at movies the company acquires.

Vision’s launch is also being aided through a partnership with local distributor Medusa who will provide support in reaching cinemas.

The team includes CFO Massimiliano Orfei, former head of legal business, compliance and corporate affairs at Rai Cinema, marketing director Laura Mirabella and distribution director Davide Novelli.

“Evolution”

“We’re not here to disrupt, we’re here to evolve,” Maccanico told Screen about the company’s direction in the market.

Vision will not distribute all movies produced by its founding production partners but together the five companies represent a large slice of the Italian box office so Vision will be in prime position to benefit:

“A closed system would be a losing strategy,” said Maccanico. …

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