RAI Trade steps up sales slate


ROME -- Italy's RAI Trade said Thursday that it would be representing more titles than ever at MIPTV in Cannes, including the heralded historical drama "The Viceroys" and the documentary "Maybe God is Ill" headlining the docket.

RAI Trade -- the sales arm of state-controlled Italian broadcaster RAI -- said its presence in Cannes for the April 7-11 event will be stronger than ever, with some two-dozen films and series to be shopped around. RAI Trade said it is betting heavily on MIPTV this year.

"The Viceroys"is a historical drama set in Sicily from director Roberto Faenza, available in both miniseries and feature format. "Maybe God is Ill" is a 90-minute docu about travels in Africa from Franco Brogi Taviani and based on a book by former Rome mayor Walter Veltroni, the founder of the three-year-old RomaCinemaFest and one of the two main candidates for prime minister in elections scheduled for next month.

Taviani is the brother of award-winning directors Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, whose latest film, "La Masseria della Allodole" (The Lark Film), will also be shopped around at MIPTV.