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Indie Sales takes Italian Favino-starrer Senza Pieta

SCREEN February 6, 2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Contemporary love story set against Rome’s criminal underworld is an Italian-French co-production.  

Indie Sales has acquired international rights to Italian director Michele Alhaique’s Senza Pieta starring Pierfrancesco Favino as a loner and Mafia henchman who lands on the wrong side of his boss.

“The script stood out and I felt I could help in putting this movie together. Michele Alhaique has a new voice that deserves to be heard,” said Favino.

One of Italy’s most respected actors, Favino is best known for his award-winning performances in Michele Placido’s Romanzo Criminale, and more recently Stefano Sollima’s ACAB ­ All Cops Are Bastards and Marco Tullio Giordana’s Piazza Fontana.

He has also made appearances in a dozen international pictures, including most recently World War Z and Rush.

Working-titled Senza Pieta is 34-year-old Alhaique directorial debut. The actor and filmmaker is best known at home for his performances in TV show and films such as the alpine adventure K2 ­ La Montagna degli italiani and the EFA-nominated Benvenuto Presidente!

Alongside acting, Alhaique has also made a number of shorts including the award-winning Il Torneo.

The film is a Italian-French co-production involving Lungta, PKO and RaiCinema for Italy and for France, Cine@, the company behind films such as the upcoming Gemma Bovary as well as Perfect MothersCoco Before Chanel. The producers are Maurizio Piazza, former Paramount VP Alexandra Rossi, Favino and Cine@’s Philippe Carcassonne.

A contemporary love story set against the backdrop of Rome’s criminal world, Favino stars as Mimmo, a taciturn labourer and Mafia heavy in the pay of his uncle Santili.

Mimmo regards Santili as a father figure but the latter already has a son, the spoilt, playboy Manuel.

One day, Mimmo witnesses Manuel assaulting a beautiful callgirl. He snaps and brutally beats him up, setting in motion a relentless chain of violence.

“This is a beautiful love tale set in Rome’s criminal underworld, the one we love to see in Italian films,” says Indie Sales chief Nicolas Eschbach.

Paris-based Indie Sales is premiering a promo-reel at the EFM.

The film is currently in post-production in Rome where it is being edited by Carlotta Cristiani (Bread and Tulips) and Tommaso Gallone (The Great Beauty).

It will feature a soundtrack created by French electronic music producer Yuksek (aka Pierre-Alexandre Busson) and Italian composer Luca Novelli who previously worked on ACAB ­ All Cops Are Bastards.

Other titles on Indie Sales EFM slate include Quentin Dupieux’s Los Angeles-set Reality, starring Alain Chabat as a director in search of the perfect screen for his horror film, and animated feature Moomins on the Riviera.

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