True Colours: New titles, fresh out of the movie theatre and into the Marché du Film
by Camillo De Marco
- On the film slate of the Italian international sales outfit and headed straight for Cannes are The Champion, starring Stefano Accorsi, and Il sindaco del rione Sanità, Mario Martone’s latest work
True Colours will be arriving at the Cannes Film Festival’s Marché du Film 2019 with some shiny new films up its sleeve, some of which are passing the cinema test with flying colours as we speak: The Champion by Leonardo D’Agostini, produced by Groenlandia with RAI Cinema and in association with 3 Marys Entertainment, is a dramedy set in the world of football, starring Stefano Accorsi and Andrea Carpenzano, which has hauled in close to 1 million euros after just two weeks on general release with 01 Distribution. Meanwhile, Riccardo Milani’s comedy Ma cosa ci dice il cervello, produced by Vision Distribution and Wildside with Sky and TIMVision, shot to the top of the box office over Easter and has now nestled into fifth place in the top ten, with 4.5 million euros in earnings.
Also set to be presented as a Market Première on the Croisette is An Almost Ordinary Summer, a comedy with LGBT overtones directed by Simone Godano and starring Alessandro Gassmann, Fabrizio Bentivoglio and Jasmine Trinca. The film was produced by Warner Bros. Entertainment Italia, Picomedia and Groenlandia, and distributed in Italy at the end of February by Warner Bros. Pictures, pulling in 1.2 million euros after nine weeks of programming.
The hotly anticipated, forthcoming film by Mario Martone, meanwhile, sees the three-act comedy Il sindaco del rione Sanità, by the great Eduardo De Filippo, transposed to the big screen. Produced by Indigo Film, the movie features a cast comprising Francesco Di Leva, Roberto De Francesco, Adriano Pantaleo and Massimiliano Gallo.
Set to be screened in its original English version, the psychological horror In the Trap is directed by Alessio Liguori and co-produced by DreamWorldMovies and Mad Rocket Entertainment. Young proofreader Philip (Jamie Paul, Black Mirror) has been trapped in his apartment for two years, tortured by an evil force which prevents him from leaving his home. Also appearing among the cast are Sonya Cullingford (The Danish Girl) and David Bailie (The House That Jack Built).
Another new film on the Italian firm’s list is the successful comedy Welcome Back Mr. President! by Giancarlo Fontana and Giuseppe G. Stasi, the sequel to the 2013 box office champion Welcome Mr. President! by Riccardo Milani (which earned itself a total of 8.5 million euros and a European Film Awards nomination). Produced by Indigo Film with Vision Distribution, and once again starring Claudio Bisio in the lead role, the film made 1.5 million euros in the first five weeks of programming.
Among the other titles proposed by True Colours are When Mom Is Away by Alessandro Genovesi, The Invisible Witness by Stefano Mordini, The King’s Musketeers by Giovanni Veronesi, Forever You by Marco Danieli, Let Me Introduce You To Sofia by Guido Chiesa and Genitori quasi perfetti by Laura Chiossone. The Italian sales outfit will also be treating Cannes buyers to promo reel screenings of three films: the latest work by Guido Lombardi (Take Five), titled Il ladro di giorni (Indigo Film and Bronx Film with RAI Cinema) and starring Riccardo Scamarcio; Freaks Out by Gabriele Mainetti, currently in production (handled by True Colours for selected territories only, produced by Lucky Red, Goon Films and RAI Cinema in co-production with Gapfinders); and the biopic Amazing Leonardo by Jesus Garces Lambert (Sky Italia and Progetto Immagine).
(Translated from Italian)
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