VARIETY October 27, 2014 | By Elsa Keslassy
PARIS– France’s Indie Sales has boarded “Suburra,” the anticipated sophomore pic of Italy’s rising helmer Stefano Sollima, who wowed critics with his feature debut “”A.C.A.B.: All Cops Are Bastards” and the TV skein “Gomorrah, The Series”.
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,” “Romanzo Criminale” and “My brother is an only child.”
An organized-crime thriller, “Suburra” focuses on the various incarnations of Italian Power – Politics, Vatican, Mafia – and how they meet and collide, leading to corruption, money laundering, drugs and prostitution.
Pic follows a gangster known as the “Samurai” who wants to turn the waterfront of a small town close to Rome into a new Atlantic City and receives protection from a corrupt politician and a powerful cardinal. But while the local mob bosses have agreed to work for this common goal, a ferocious gang war threatens to wreck the Samurai’s dream.
“Suburra” toplines Pierfrancesco Favino (“Rush”), Elio Germano (“Our Life”) and Claudio Amendola, as well as French star Jean-Hughes Anglade (“Braquo”).
Nicolas Eschbach’s Indie Sales will start pre-selling “Suburra” at the AFM, while Haut et Court will distribute the movie in France and Rai Cinema will release in Italy.
“Suburra,” which has just started lensing in Rome, is produced by Riccardo Tozzi, Giovanni Stabilini, Marco Chimenz and Gina Gardini at Rome-based Cattleya and Eric Névé at Paris-based La Chauve-Souris.
“This is our first film with Eric Névé with whom we share the same enthusiasm for modern crime action movies and we’re glad to collaborate again with Nicolas Eschbach, one of the best international sales professionals in the industry,” said Chimenz.
A leading light of Italian’s emerging wave of filmmakers, Sollima’s bold feature debut, “A.C.A.B.: All Cops Are Bastards,” was a critical success: It won the special jury award at Italy’s Golden Globes, among a flurry of kudos.
Sollima has a stellar track record in television — he has directed over 20 episodes of hit drama skein “Romanzo Criminale” and recently helmed most “Gomorrah, The Series” episodes, the smallscreen spinoff of Matteo Garrone’s pic, which sold in more than 50 territories including the U.S. to the The Weinstein Co..
“Sollima ranks as Italy’s most exciting director right now. As it shows in ‘ACAB,’ he has a talent for telling fictional stories with such texture and rich details, backed by meticulous research,” said Eschbach, former acquisition and sales boss at TF1 International.
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