Cannes: Alchemy Takes Competition Title 'Mia Madre' for U.S.

Courtesy of Guidi Locurcio

Nanni Moretti's comedy-drama, starring John Turturro, had its world premiere on Saturday.

Nanni Moretti's Cannes competition entry Mia Madre has found a North American home.

Alchemy announced Tuesday that it had picked up all U.S. rights to the comedy-drama, starring Margherita Buy, John Turturro, Giulia Lazzarini, Beatrice Mancini.

"Mia Madre is a beautiful and hilarious film from one of the world's great filmmakers,” said Brooke Ford, Alchemy's executive vp marketing. "Nanni Moretti has delivered a wonderful film with an extraordinary performance by Margherita Buy, and we look forward to bringing it to US audiences."

The film, which had its world premiere in Cannes on Saturday, centers on Margherita (Buy), a director shooting an Italian film with a famous American actor (Turturro) who’s also a disruptive blowhard and buffoon. Away from the shoot, Margherita tries to hold her life together, despite her mother's (Lazzarini) illness and her daughter's (Mancini) adolescence.

Jeff Deutchman, Alchemy’s vp acquisitions, negotiated the deal with Nicolas Brigaud-Robert from Films Distribution.