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Ranvaud launches Italy-based Buena Onda International

EXCLUSIVE: Upcoming projects include Dix and For Richard

Globetrotting producer Donald K. Ranvaud has revealed details of his new venture, Buena Onda International.

Based in Italy, the new company will focus on production and sales and will be a sister company to London-based Buena Onda Films. Its initial slate will be headlined by Dix, Italian comic book artist Carlo Ambrosini’s action-adventure about a Dutch detective investigating crimes tied to the art world. Buena Onda International is expected to announce details of a new production fund soon.

In Rome last weekend at celebrations of AC Milan’s victory in Serie A following a 0-0 draw with Roma, football fanatic Ranvaud pitched Dix to Milan’s Dutch midfielder Clarence Seedorf (pictured with Ranvaud here.) In Cannes, Ranvaud is looking for a Dutch co-producer for the film.

Ranvaud is one of the producers on Anthony Lucero’s Richard Brautigan film, For Richard, which is almost complete. The intention is to release For Richard around the same time as Walter Salles’s Jack Kerouac adaptation On The Road. (Kerouac and Brautigan were both associated with the Beat movement.) Both projects should be ready for the autumn markets. The film tells the story of the American novelist and poet who committed suicide in 1984. It features interviews with Salles, Wim Wenders and Bob Rafelson, among others.

The documentary is expected to herald a renewal of interest in Brautigan’s work, with several of his books are in the frame to be made into movies, among them A Confederate General From Big Sur and The Abortion.

Among the projects that Ranvaud has close to completion is Dario Nardi’s Sadourni’s Butterflies, about a dwarf clown imprisoned for a crime of passion who goes to extreme measures to change his physical appearance following his release. Ranvaud produced and is handling sales on the film, likely to surface at an autumn festival later in the year.

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