MPI picks up U.S. rights to 'Il Divo'


MPI Media Group has acquired all U.S. domestic rights to Paolo Sorrentino's "Il Divo." Winner of the Jury Prize at the 2008 Festival de Cannes, the film portrays the career and fall from grace of seven-time Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti.

"Il Divo" is slated for a spring theatrical release through Music Box Films, followed by the DVD release shortly thereafter.

The deal was negotiated on behalf of MPI Media Group by Greg Newman, senior vp acquisitions and development and by Andreas Rothbauer, head of theatrical sales and international acquisitions at Beta Cinema.
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