Cannes: Uncork’d Nabs U.S. Rights for 'Chlorine'

Courtesy of Sundance International Film Festival

Italian films were big in Cannes this year.

With three films in competition, Italy took the limelight this year in Cannes. The market also saw a renewed interest in Italian films. RAI Com closed several significant deals at the festival. Most notably, Uncork’d picked up rights for Chlorine for U.S. and Canada. The coming-of-age debut feature from Lamberto Sanfelice stars Sara Serraiocco as a girl whose dreams of being a synchronized swimmer are thrown into flux after a death in the family.

Chlorine premiered in Sundance and later played Berlin. Sanfelice, who studied film at NYU, also picked up a David di Donatello nomination, Italy’s version of the Oscars, for best new director for the film.

Benelux rights were sold to Gabriele Muccino’s (The Pursuit of Happyness) new teen road-trip film, Summertime. The story follows two Italian teens traveling across America who meet a gay couple trying to escape a world that does not accept them. The film will be released in 2016.

Director Pif’s black comedy about growing up around the mob, The Mafia Only Kills in Summer picked up a U.K. theatrical deal with Cinefile. Riccardo Milani’s cross-dressing comedy, Do You See Me, was sold to Japan with SYNCA and Taiwan with Swallow Wings. And Argentina’s CDI picked up rights for Cristina Comencini’s Latin Lover.

“This year, Cannes proves itself to be a good environment for Italian films,” said Mattia Oddone, RAI Com’s head of international sales in a statement. “We can offer a wide range of titles, from drama to comedy and from internationally established directors such as Gabriele Muccino to debut features from up-and-coming directors such as Lamberto Sanfelice. The international interest in Italian content confirms our believe in the quality of the Italian filmmaking landscape.”