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ROMEFILMFEST The Business Street

A balance of the second edition

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A balance of the second edition

The second edition of The Business Street, the film market of the RomeFilmFest, closed on October 21 with proof of the initiative’s good results lying in the numbers: 142 screenings (130 in 2006), 83 available films in the video libraries, 25 market premieres including Piano, solo [+see also:
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by Riccardo Milani (sold by Adriana Chiesa Enterprises), Vincent Perez’s The Secret [+see also:
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(EuropaCorp) and Hiner Saleem’s Beneath the Rooftops of Paris [+see also:
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(Wild Bunch).

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The Rome market, directed by Giorgio Gosetti and based in Via Veneto, saw the participation of 250 international buyers (160 in 2006), including The Weinstein Company, Canal +, MK2, Prokino, CJ, Happinet, Sandrew Metronome, Momentum, Vertigo Films, Gaga, Broad Media, King Records, and 60 sellers from 40 companies, such as NonStop Sales, Wild Bunch, Celluloid Dreams, Sogepaq, TF1, The Match Factory, Bavaria, Gaumont, Pyramide and Films Distribution, among others.

There were 600 accredited professionals (440 in 2006) from over 40 countries, led by France, Germany, the UK, the US and Japan, as well as Italy, whose institutions also participated (including the Rome Chamber of Commerce, Lazio Region, ICE – Institute for Foreign Commerce, and the Ministries of International Commerce and Culture), along with Confindustria with the FICCI. There was a delegation of 68 Indian producers, the Documentary Filmmakers Association, Media Consulting Group and the API (Association of Independent Producers).

The most seen Italian market screenings include Piano, solo, L'Abbuffata [+see also:
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by Mimmo Calopresti and Carlo Mazzacurati’s The Right Distance [+see also:
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. Prominent international titles were 12 by Nikita Mikhalkov, which premiered at Venice last month, and Fear(s) of the Dark [+see also:
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, the surprise film at Rome this year; followed by Ben X [+see also:
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by Nic Balthazar; The Princess of Nebraska (Toronto 2007) and A Thousand Years of Good Prayers, both by Wayne Wang; and The Secret, Laurent De Bartillat’s The Vanishing Point [+see also:
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(Cinema2007), Tom Fernandez’s Suso’s Tower, Hans Weingartner’s Reclaim Your Brain, Santosh Sivan’s Before the Rains and Hayo Freitag’s The Three Robbers (Alice in the City).

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(Translated from Italian)

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