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RaiCom at the EFM with Gabriele Muccino’s new film

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- The offerings of Italian sellers include successful comedies such as Noi e la Giulia and super-independent films like WAX - We are the X

RaiCom at the EFM with Gabriele Muccino’s new film
They Call Me Jeeg Robot by Gabriele Mainetti (© Emanuela Scarpa)

Summertime [+see also:
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, the film heralding Gabriele Muccino’s return to filming in Italy after spending a significant amount of time in the United States, is one of the most interesting new films being offered up at this year’s European Film Market of the Berlinale. Still in production, Summertime is one of the films in RaiCom’s line-up. The company, which is run by Luigi De Siervo, also has other leading Italian films ready for buyers, starting with They Call Me Jeeg Robot [+see also:
film review
trailer
making of
film focus
interview: Gabriele Mainetti
film profile
]
by Gabriele Mainetti, acclaimed by critics as one of the best debut films of recent times. Then there’s Don’t Be Bad [+see also:
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by Claudio Caligari, which was chosen to represent Italy in the battle for an Oscar nomination; L'accabadora [+see also:
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by Enrico Pau, a co-production with Ireland that hasn’t yet been released, and Anna [+see also:
film review
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interview: Giuseppe M Gaudino
film profile
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by Giuseppe M Gaudino, which won the Coppa Volpi for protagonist Valeria Golino’s performance at the Venice Film Festival in 2015. The line-up also includes the surprising debut piece by Carlo Lavagna, Arianna [+see also:
film review
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interview: Carlo Lavagna
film profile
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; La felicità è un sistema complesso [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Gianni Zanasi
interview: Valerio Mastandrea
film profile
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by Gianni Zanasi, and Obsession Vezzoli by Alessandra Galletta, produced by Giovanni Marta for Vulcano, a portrait of great contemporary artist Francesco Vezzoli, starring Jessica Chastain and Natalie Portman

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Bagnoli Jungle [+see also:
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interview: Antonio Capuano
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by Antonio Capuano, a special event at Critics’ Week at Venice in 2015, is one of the films in TVCO’s line-up, a company that will also be selling Federico Cruciani’s debut film The Son [+see also:
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(which competed at the Rome Film Fest in the Alice nella Città section) and Homelands [+see also:
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by French filmmaker Cheyenne Carron.

Trieste-based company Slingshot Films, which enjoyed great success with sales for Zoran, My Nephew the Idiot [+see also:
film review
trailer
making of
interview: Matteo Oleotto
festival scope
film profile
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, is bringing the following films to Berlin: A Good American [+see also:
trailer
film profile
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by Austrian filmmaker Friedrich Moser and Zud [+see also:
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, the debut fictional feature by Polish documentary maker Marta Minorowic, produced by Ann Caroline Renninger (Zero One Film) and Anna Wydra (Otter Films), which will have its world premiere in the Generation Kplus section of the Berlin Film Festival (see news article).

Legendary independent company Intramovies, headed up by Paola Corvino, also has a few success stories in its line-up: Noi e la Giulia [+see also:
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by Edoardo Leo ended its run last September with total takings of €4 million at the Italian box office, as did Edoardo Falcone’s comedy God Willing [+see also:
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. Intramovies is also offering 3000 Nights [+see also:
trailer
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, a social drama directed by Palestinian filmmaker Mai Masri and co-produced with Lebanon, France, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates. The film, which tells the story of Layal, a young Palestinian teacher who is imprisoned for false accusations in an Israeli maximum security prison, has already been screened at a number of festivals, such as Toronto - TIFF 2015 Contemporary World Cinema, BFI London FF 2015 Competition – Sutherland, Stockholm IFF 2015 Open Zone. 

Minerva Pictures Group, which is headed up by Gianluca Curti, has a line-up featuring Deep in the Wood [+see also:
trailer
interview: Manuela Cacciamani
film profile
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, the second film by Stefano Lodovichi; One for All [+see also:
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, a noir by Mimmo Calopresti, who has returned to directing after taking an eight-year break from the set; Italian Gangsters [+see also:
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by Renato De Maria, which was selected for the Horizons section of the 2015 Venice Film Festival; Getaway of Love [+see also:
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by Tonino Zangardi, and stop motion animation Acid Space, a very interesting debut piece from Stefano Bertelli.

FilmExport Group’s line-up includes Sergio Rubini’s comedy Let’s Talk [+see also:
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, which is based on one of his plays, and WAX - We are the X [+see also:
trailer
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by Lorenzo Corvino, an adventure film and debut piece not only for the director, but also for the producer (Vengeance) and the entire artistic and technical crew, which was joined by famous actors such as Rutger Hauer and Jean-Marc Barr.

Last but not least is Fandango, which is heading to Berlin with Italian Race [+see also:
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trailer
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interview: Matteo Rovere
film profile
]
by Matteo Rovere starring Stefano Accorsi, and Ellipsis Media International, headed up by Flavio Donnini, which is selling the rights to I Sing the Body Electric, a film by Giovanni Prisco that is still in pre-production. 

(Translated from Italian)

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