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CANNES 2018 Market

Rai Com sells Dogman, which is in the running for the Palme d’Or

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- Matteo Garrone’s hotly-anticipated Cannes competitor has extraordinary international market potential

Rai Com sells Dogman, which is in the running for the Palme d’Or
Dogman by Matteo Garrone

Matteo Garrone’s hotly-anticipated Dogman [+see also:
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interview: Matteo Garrone
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]
will have its world premiere in just a few days’ time at Cannes Film Festival, where it is in the running for the Palme d’Or. Selling the rights to the film (which is inspired by true crime events) is Rai Com, the sole distributor of Rai productions. “Dogman is an extraordinarily strong film,” said Paolo Del Brocco, CEO of Rai Cinema, which produced the film, along with the director’s company, Archimede, and the French outfit Le Pacte – which is due to distribute the film from 11 July onwards (the film will be released in Italy by 01 on 17 May – during Cannes festival). “Matteo Garrone’s films never fail to surprise, including those of us who are very much familiar with and fond of his cinema. His visual and narrative talent goes from strength to strength and continues to gain traction over the years.” With just the film’s promo reel to go on, Rai Com has already nailed down agreements at Berlin’s European Film Market with Alamode (for Germany and Austria), M2 (Poland), Karma Films (Spain), Midas Filmes (Portugal), Feelgood Entertainment (Greece), A-One (Russia) and Mcf Megacom Film (Croatia and Albania). Dogman has also been sold in China (Time-in-Portrait Entertainment), Benelux (Cinéart), Estonia and Latvia (A-One Films).

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As well as Dogman, Rai Com is also pinning its hopes on two other films for an international market: Love and Bullets [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Marco and Antonio Manetti
film profile
]
and Cinderella the Cat [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Alessandro Rak
film profile
]
. The former – a vibrant musical directed by the Manetti Bros – scooped up numerous David di Donatello awards at the end of March, after receiving the double Pasinetti award – for surprise film and for the entire cast – at Venice Film Festival in 2017, where it was entered in competition. Love and Bullets took more than €1,500,000 at the Italian box office and has been sold to China (Time in Portrait), Japan (Only Hearts) and Portugal (Midas Filmes).

Cinderella the Cat, a fascinating animated film directed by Alessandro Rak, Ivan Cappiello, Marino Guarnieri and Dario Sansone, was selected for the Horizons section at Venice, where it won the Open Award and the Mouse d’Argento award, while at the David di Donatello awards in 2018 it won Mad Entertainment an award for Best Producer, and also won an award for Best Special Effects.The film has been sold to DDDream International Media in China, Paris Black Films in France, Missing Films in Germany and Il Sorpasso in Portugal. 

Films sold by Rai Com last season include: Ugly Nasty People [+see also:
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]
by Cosimo Gomez, Let Yourself Go! [+see also:
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trailer
film profile
]
by Francesco Amato, Holding Hands [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Gianni Amelio
film profile
]
by Gianni Amelio, Friends by Chance [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
by Francesco Bruni, Questione di Karma [+see also:
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trailer
making of
film profile
]
by Edoardo Falcone and L’Accabadora [+see also:
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by Enrico Pau.

(Translated from Italian)

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