Italy's Buskin Film has closed a host of sales on Vipera, veteran Italian director Sergio Citti's movie starring Harvey Keitel and Giancarlo Giannini.

The movie, which is set in post-World War II Sicily and tells the tragic story of a woman's betrayal of her young daughter and her husband, played by Harvey Keitel, has been sold to Spain's Manga Film and Greece's Hellas. Sales on the $5m film, which was written and composed by the award-winning Life Is Beautiful team, have also been made to Poland, Croatia and Israel, and advanced talks are underway with a German distributor.

Meanwhile, the 18-month-old Rome-based sales outfit, which is headed by Roberto Bessi and Antonio Guadalupi, has also sold veteran Italian auteur Luciano Emmer's Una Lunga Lunga Lunga Notte d'Amore to France and Benelux (Boomerang). Deals are also imminent for South America and Germany.

Buskin's current sales slate also includes Fabio Carpi's Nobel, a co-production between Italy (Gam Film), Denmark (Zentrope), France (SDP Films, Filmogene) and Hungary (Focus Film); Franco Angeli's boxing picture La Rentree; and Andrea Porporati's Empty Eyes, which stars acclaimed actor Fabrizio Gifuni.