Taxi launches Valerio De Paolis’ CINEMA
by Camillo De Marco
- From the end of August, the new company of the founder of Bim will be distributing Jafar Panahi’s Golden Bear-winning film, documentaries on Ingrid Bergman and Orson Welles, and An by Naomi Kawase
Taxi, which won the Golden Bear at this year’s Berlin Film Festival, will be the first film to be distributed by CINEMA, Valerio De Paolis’ new company, which will be releasing it on 27 August, just in time for the new film season.
Sold for distribution in over 30 countries, Jafar Panahi started shooting his film on location in 2010, despite the ban on filming imposed by the regime. With a camera fixed to the dashboard of a taxi, the Iranian director drove through the streets of Teheran for months. Acclaimed by critics all over the world, in February the film was awarded the Golden Bear, which was presented to little Hana Saeidi, the niece of the filmmaker who has a role in the film.
With Bim, which he also founded, Valerio De Paolis has, over the years, brought international arthouse film to Italy. As well as Taxi, his new company, CINEMA, will be distributing the following films in 2015: documentaries Ingrid Bergman, in Her Own Words by Stig Bjorkman and Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles, by Chuck Workman (in the year of the 100th birthday of Welles) and fictional films An [+see also:
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An agreement between CINEMA and Bim will also lead to the distribution of the winner of the Palme d’Or, Dheepan [+see also:
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(Translated from Italian)