Music Box Rides to the Rescue of Nanni Moretti's 'Mia Madre'

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'Mia Madre'

The film, which originally had been picked up by Alchemy, is now scheduled for release later this year.

Music Box Films has acquired U.S. rights to Nanni Moretti’s Mia Madre, which had been caught up in the financial troubles that Alchemy, formerly known as Millennium Entertainment, found itself in earlier this year.

Alchemy had picked up Moretti’s latest film at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Ecumenical Jury Award, and had scheduled a March 25 release.

Chicago-based Music Box has now struck a new deal for the film with Paris-based sales company Films Distribution and plans to release the movie in this year’s third quarter.

Mia Madre concerns a harried filmmaker, played by Margherita Buy, trying to juggle all the demands of her life, with John Turturro appearing as an actor who stars in her latest film.

“We’re delighted to have the opportunity to work with a filmmaker of Moretti’s stature, and to bring his latest to American audiences. Mia Madre is quintessential Moretti: his wry humor, moral questioning and emotional honesty — with the added bonus of two wonderful actors Margherita Buy and John Turturro,” Ed Arentz, Music Box managing director, said.

The deal was negotiated between Music Box  president William Schopf and Nicolas Brigaud-Robert, Films Distribution co-head. A third-quarter release is slated for the film.