Fox Int'l signs with sales agent Fortissimo

'Vallanzasca,' 'Alien Girl' are first two titles under agreement

CANNES -- Signaling the growing importance of studio-spawned local productions, Fox International Prods. has pacted with sales agent Fortissimo Films.

Under the deal that FIP president Sanford Panitch and Fortissimo chairman Michael Werner are unveiling as Cannes gets under way, Fortissimo will handle international sales on mutually agreed FIP projects in the majority of territories.

The first two titles under the agreement are Michele Placido's Italian-language "Vallanzasca," with Fortissimo handling all rights outside Italy, France, Germany and Scandinavia, and Anton Barmatov's Russian-language "Alien Girl," with Fortissimo handling all rights outside of Russia.

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"Fortissimo's success in matching local distributors with independent films and Michael's own familiarity with the kind of studio-level pictures we are developing and producing makes this a perfect fit for both parties and will prove an incredible benefit to the film makers and projects involved," said Panitch, who heads FIP, which Fox Filmed Entertainment launched in 2008 to develop partnerships with local producers and filmmakers.

"Vallanzasca," a mob tale set in 1970's Italy, stars Paz Vega, Moritz Bleibtreu and Kim Rossi Stuart. Produced by FIP and Elide Mali for Cosmo Production, it will be released by Fox in Italy and Germany in the fall.

"Alien" is based on the novel by cult author Vladimir "Adolfovich" Nesterenko and stars Natalia Romanycheva, Evgeny Tkachuk and Kirill Poluhin. A K3, Profit and FIP production, produced by Konstantin Ernst and Igor Tolstunov, it's scheduled to be released in Russia on June 17.
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