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13 Italian films are due to be showcased at a work in progress event in Paris


- Among the titles presented on 6 December will be the new films by Gabriele Mainetti and Sergio Rubini. Also on the menu are 19 co-production market projects

13 Italian films are due to be showcased at a work in progress event in Paris
Director Gabriele Mainetti, whose work-in-progress Freaks Out has been selected

A two-day professional event is due to take place on 6 and 7 December in Paris at the beginning of the 11th edition of the "De Rome à Paris" Italian Film Meetings (read the news here). The programme features a great Work In Progress section, reserved for buyers, with 13 feature films in production and post-production.

Standing out in particular is Freaks Out by Gabriele Mainetti (read the article here), the second film by the multi-award winning director of They Call Me Jeeg [+see also:
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interview: Gabriele Mainetti
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, with sales being managed by RAI Com – which will also be showing footage from Baikonur, Earth by Andrea Sorini.

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Fandango will be selling and screening five titles at the Work In Progress event: The Great Spirit by Sergio Rubini (a feature in post-production about a robber who has stolen the booty and is hiding from his accomplices), Bangla by Phaym Bhuiyan (the first feature by a filmmaker with Bengali roots, currently living in Rome), the documentary Bellissime by Elisa Amoruso, and the comedies The Kingdom by Francesco Fanuele (in production) and La prima pietra by Rolando Ravello (in post-production). 

The Work In Progress event will also allow True Colours to sell The Champion by Leonardo D’Agostini (in post-production), which focuses on a young, undisciplined, wealthy and spoiled football superstar who finds himself supported by his teacher... The line-up also features Forever You by Marco Danieli, an emotive drama, currently in post-production, which revisits the musical success of Battisti and Mogol in the 1970s.

Minerva Pictures Group will present footage from Marco Bocci's Erre 11, a film in production about a young boy from a difficult neighbourhood in Rome who has always tried to follow the rules while waiting for a decent job to come his way, but who instead finds himself embroiled in a serious affair when his friends decide to steal from the Chinese mafia... Minerva will also be selling the comedy The Finch Thief by Carlo Luglio, which is currently in post-production. 

The Work In Progress event will also feature the historical film Il destino degli uomini by Leonardo Tiberi, which is currently in post-production and plunges us into the heart of the First World War (sold by Istituto Luce Cinecittà), and the drama The Vegetarian by Roberto San Pietro (in post-production), which focuses on the conscience of a son of Brahman living in Italy (sold by Intramovies). 

Celluloid Dreams and TVCO will also be in attendance, offering films to international sellers.

The Parisian professional meeting programme also includes a 19-title co-production market. 11 Italian projects will be showcased, some of which were produced by the likes of Lucky Red (The Favourite Daughters by Lucrezia Le Moli Munck), Dugong Films (Con un piede impigliato nella storia by Anna Negri), Notorious Pictures (the thriller The Shift by Alessandro Tonda), Minerva Pictures Group (Bastardi a mano armata by Gabriele Albanesi) and Lumière & Co (In buona compagnia by Cristina Comencini). As for the eight French projects, the programme includes Eléonor Faucher's Macaroni and the animated title Les Contes du hérisson by Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli.

(Translated from French)

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