UK sales and production outfit Fandango Portobello, headed by Janine Gold, has confirmed several distribution deals for Nanni Moretti’s Habemus Papam ahead of its premiere in competition here in Cannes next week.
The film, directed by Moretti, stars Michel Piccoli as a newly elected Pope who suffers a panic attack just as he is due to appear on St Peter’s balcony to greet the faithful. His advisors, unable to convince him he is the right man for the job, seek help from a renowned psychoanalyst (played by Moretti).
The film will be distributed by Le Pacte in France, Cineart in Benelux, Mares Film in Brazil, Seven Films in Greece, Gutek in Poland, Independenta in Romania, Frenetic in Switzerland and Mega Confilm in Yugoslavia & Albania. Gold is also fielding offers from other territories ahead of its screening on Friday.
The film has made close to €5 million since its release in Italy three weeks ago.