Universal Picks up Film About Riots at G8 Summit for Key Territories

Berlinale Film Festival

Daniele Vicari’s Berlin prize winner “Diaz - Don’t Clean Up This Blood” inks multi-territory deals with Universal for U.K., Eire, Germany, Benelux, German speaking Switzerland and Brazil.

LONDON – Daniele Vicari’s Berlin prize-winner Diaz - Don’t Clean Up This Blood has secured a multi-territory distribution deal with Universal Pictures International Entertainment for the U.K. and Ireland, Germany, Benelux, German-speaking Switzerland and Brazil.

International sales banner Fandango Portobello also said it has inked deal memos with Vertigo Films in Spain, Mongrel Media in Canada and Vivarto in Poland.

The movie depicts the events surrounding an attack by 300 police on 90 activists spending the night in a school during the G8 Summit in Genoa 2001.

The premiere in Berlin was attended not only by members of the international cast including Claudio Santamaria, Jennifer Ulrich and Ralph Amoussou but also those caught up in the original event from Germany, Spain, the U.K. and other countries.

It secured a prize from the Panorama Audience Award category.

Producer Domenico Procacci said: “The events described in the film aren't exclusively Italian. Not just because they involve people from twelve different countries, but because similar acts of violence happened before and after. So knowing the facts and the motives that leads to such behavior is useful both in Italy and abroad, so that it doesn’t happen again.”

The film was co-produced by Mandragora Movies (Romania) and Le Pacte (France).

It will have its U.S. premiere at the Seattle International Film Festival in June, in a city that played witness to its own confrontation when police and protestors clashed in 1999.