Alison Thompson will introduce buyers to the eternally prolific Woody Allen’s latest film, his first to be financed by Medusa Film which wrapped production in Rome over the summer.
Allen is riding high following the runaway success of Midnight In Paris, his biggest unadjusted hit at the North America box office on $55.3m and counting since opening in May.
Nero Fiddled stars Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penelope Cruz, Judy Davis, Jesse Eisenberg, Ellen Page and Allen himself. The Italy-US project is a Gravier Productions film and Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum serve as producers.
Earlier this month Allen announced he was changing the title from The Bop Decameron because he claimed the original title was confusing.
He said at the time: “I couldn’t believe how few people had heard of The Decameron, even in Rome. And the few that did assumed the movie was based on Boccaccio’s tales, which it’s not.
“Anyhow, I changed the title to Nero Fiddled, which is the first time I’ve changed a title since my last-minute switch of Anhedonia to Annie Hall.”
Focus Features International typically unveils major titles for the AFM and arrives with a strong slate that includes the Colin Firth-Emily Blunt dark comedy and The Cloud Atlas, an adaptation of David Mitchell’s ambitious novel which Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski and Tom Tykwer are directing.