IFC Films takes on 'Vincere'

Picks up North American rights to Marco Bellocchio film

IFC Films has picked up North American rights to Marco Bellocchio's "Vincere," which stars Giovanna Mezzogiorno as Mussolini's first wife, Ida Dalser.

The film, which had its world premiere at the Festival de Cannes in May, next travels to the Toronto International Film Festival, where it will have its North American premiere, and then the New York Film Festival for its U.S. bow.

Written with Daniela Ceselli and directed by Bellocchio, "Vincere" also features Filippo Timi in a dual role as both Mussolini and his illegitimate son. Mario Gianani, Hengameh Panahi and Olivia Sleiter produced the film.

The deal, negotiated by IFC's Arianna Bocco with Panahi of Celluloid Dreams, is the distributor's sixth acquisition out of the Cannes lineup, where it also picked up Lars Von Trier's "Antichrist" and Andrea Arnold's "Fish Tank."

"Vincere" will be released via IFC in Theaters platform as a VOD offering the same day it opens theatrically.