Palisades Tartan Picks Up Italy's Oscar Submission 'Beautiful Thing'
Paolo Virzi's dramedy stars Micaela Ramazzoti.
Palisades Tartan has picked up North American rights to writer/director Paolo Virzi’s The First Beautiful Thing, Italy's submission for Academy Awards consideration in the foreign language film category.
The dramedy stars Micaela Ramazzotti as a mother raising her two children against all odds.
The actress won best actress prize at the David di Donatello Awards, along with a best actor trophy for Valerio Mastandrea and best screenplay for Virzi, Francesco Bruni and Francesco Piccolo. It is also among the 46 films shortlisted for the 2010 European Film Award nominations.
Tartan will release Beautiful theatrically in 2011.
“We’re thrilled to share in Italy’s excitement for The First Beautiful Thing and look forward to bringing it to American audiences nationwide. Paolo crafted a sexy, fun and emotionally moving film, and Micaela and Valerio are international discoveries,” Soumya Sriraman, president and CEO of Tartan, said.
The deal was negotiated by Paola Corvina and Jef Nuyts of IntraMovies, Italy on behalf of the producers, Fabrizio Donvito, Bernadetto Habib and Marco Cohen.