Digest: Craig is a 'Fool'


Daniel Craig is temporarily laying down his Walther PPK to play a fading Hollywood star in Baillie Walsh's "Flashbacks of a Fool." Craig has joined Helen McCrory, Olivia Williams and Emilia Fox in the film which details the story of a hedonistic British actor whose Hollywood career beigns to nosedive in his 40s. "Flashbacks" marks the movie writing and directing debut for Walsh whose resume includes turns behind the camera on music videos. Produced by Lene Bausager and Damon Bryant, with Craig acting as exec producer, the movie has sold to Buena Vista International for all U.K. rights. Arclight is handling international sales duties at this year's Marche du Film.

RAI Trade up for 'Lark'

RAI Trade, the film distribution arm of the Italian state broadcaster, said Saturday it has acquired rights to "The Lark Farm" directed by brothers Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, whose "Padre Padrone" won the Palme d'Or 30 years ago. RAI Trade will oversee worldwide sales for the film, which was co-produced by Italy's AGER 3 along with RAI Cinema and Eagle Pictures. Based on the novel of the same name by Antonia Arslan, the film tells the tale of an Armenian family living in Turkey when the Turks begin the massacre of Armenians. Starring Paz Vega and Moritz Bleibtreu, it will open in France at the end of May.

Kinowelt lands 'Promise'

Kinowelt Filmverleih has picked up German rights to Emir Kusturcia's In Competition title "Promise Me This." Set outside Belgrade, the drama is about an old man who prays for his son to go to the city and find a wife. "Promise Me This" will have its In Competition premiere on Saturday, May 25. This isn't the first time the German indie has picked up a film from the Festival favorite and two-time Palme d'Or winner. Kinowelt released Kusturcia's "Underground" (1998) in Germany as well as the director's "Black Cat, White Cat" (1998).

Olive oils slate with Nordisk's 'Mirush'
Nordisk Film Sales said Saturday that the Albanian- and Norwegian-language drama "Mirush" by Marius Holst (1995's "Cross my Heart and Hope to Die," 200's "Dragonflies") has been pre-sold to independent Olive Films - USA. The story centers on Mirush who leaves Kosovo to find his father, who runs a restaurant in Oslo, but is also in deep debt to the Albanian Mafia. Gudny Hummelvoll produced for Spillefilmkompaniet 4 1/2. "Mirush" will be released Internationally later this year and has already been sold to the Benelux (A-Film) and Greece (Rosebud S.A.Motion Pictures).

Koch Lober puts on 'Lagerfield'
Koch Lober Films has acquired North American theatrical, home entertainment, TV and digital rights to Rodolphe Marconi's "Lagerfeld Confidential," a documentary about the designer Karl Lagerfeld, from Didar Dohmeri of France-based Films Distribution. The docu will have its domestic theatrical rollout in October.