Transmedia making a step into 'Unknown'


U.K. independent distributor Transmedia International Releasing has said buon giorno to U.K. and Irish rights for Giuseppe Tornatore's "La Sconosciuta" (The Unknown Woman), the company said Thursday.

The acquisition, struck in a deal with established Italian seller Adriana Chiesa, gives Transmedia one of its first high-profile foreign-language buys since its birth in 2006.

The movie, which is Italy's entry in the foreign-language race for next year's Oscars, has won rave reviews in Italy and swept the main awards categories at this year's David di Donatello Awards.

Transmedia founder and CEO Simon Caplan said in an interview that buying a foreign-language film marked a fresh avenue for Transmedia, away from its normal English-language releases.