VARIETY November 6th, 2015 | By Esla Keslassy
Stefano Sollima’s crime thriller “Suburra,” the spinoff movie of Netflix’s daring first original series in Italian, has proven a hit for Nicolas Escbach’s banner Indie Sales, which has locked deals with major distributors around the world.
Produced by Cattelya, “Suburra” explores the Roman organized crime world through the tale of a gangster known as the Samurai. He wants to turn the waterfront of a small town close to Rome into a gambling mecca and receives protection from a corrupt politician and a powerful cardinal.
“Suburra” has sold to the U.K. (Kaleidoscope), Finland (Cinema Mondo), the former Yugoslavia (Megacom), Greece (Strada), Australia/New Zealand (Madman) and South Korea (World Cinema). Haut & Court will distribute in France.
Pic has grossed 4 million Euros in its first two weeks in Italy, where it is being distributed by Rai Cinema.
Based on a novel by Giancarlo de Cataldo (“Romanzo Criminale”) and Carlo Bonini (“ACAB All Cops Are Bastards”), “Suburra” was penned by Stefano Rulli and Sandro Petraglia, the scribe duo behind “The Best of Youth.”
Netflix has taken exclusive rights to the movie for U.S., Canada and Latin America.
“Suburra” was previously acquired for Benelux (Lumiere), Germany and Austria (Koch Films) and Switzerland (Praesens Films).
At the AFM, Indie Sales will host the market premieres of Frederic Schoendoerffer’s anticipated “Fast Convoy” on Friday. “Fast Convoy” is a crime thriller set in the world of drug trafficking starring Benoit Magimel (“Crime Insiders”) and Reem Kherici (“Columbiana”).
Indie Sales will also unveil the promo reel of Cecile de France starrer”Fanny’s Journey” by Lola Doillon, now in post. Other market premieres hosted by Indie Sales include Bo Mikkelsen’s “What We Become,” Thierry Poiraud’s “Don’t Grow Up” and Joachim Lafosse’s “The White Knights.”
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