Wild Bunch, BIM forge strategic alliance


ROME -- France's Wild Bunch is joining forces with Italian distributor BIM Distribuzione in a wide-reaching strategic alliance, BIM said Thursday.

The official announcement of the alliance, which includes a capital investment in BIM, will come on Friday. But BIM founder Valerio De Paolis said in an interview Thursday that the companies would be partners effective immediately.

"The two companies will collaborate in terms of acquisitions and co-productions," De Paolis said.

Among the films the newly bolstered BIM will distribute are Ang Lee's "Lust, Caution," the Golden Lion winner at this year's Venice Film Festival; "Youth Without Youth" from Francis Ford Coppola, one of the most anticipated films at the current RomaCinemaFest; and "Shine a Light" from Martin Scorsese.

In its 24-year history, BIM has assembled a catalog of more than 400 films, including films that have won 10 Palme d'Or awards at Cannes, five Golden Lions, and 19 Oscars.

The Paris-based Wild Bunch is one of France's leading distributors, with a library of more than 300 films.