Dynamic Italian producer Domenico Procacci, whose Fandango outfit produced Critics Week closing film B&B and The Cormoran, is continuing to ramp up his international production and distribution labels.

Procacci has boarded upcoming Australian picture Missing Tom, through the Australian company he runs with directors Rolf de Heer and Richard Lowenstein.

At the same time, Procacci has also picked up all Italian distribution rights to Life Is A Miracle (aka Hungry Heart), the upcoming film from Emir Kusturica.

Sold by Wild Bunch, Life Is A Miracle is set during the Balkan conflict and focuses on a local warlord's son who has been taken prisoner by the Bosnians. It is produced by France's Les Films Alain Sarde.

Missing Tom, which is produced by Rescued Films in association with Fandango Australia, is to be directed by helmer-producer Alkinos Tsilimidos, whose 1994 film Everynight...Everynight, was selected for Venice and won best first film at Montreal in 1994.

Cinemavault is selling international distribution rights to the picture, which will be distributed in Italy through Procacci's own Fandango label and in Australia via Palace Pictures. The movie is being financed through Fandango, Film Finance Corporation of Australia, Film Victoria and Premium Movie Partnership.

Domenico Procacci first became involved in the Australian industry in 1993 when he produced de Heer's Bad Boy Bubby and has continued the relationship with de Heer on another four films. He also produced He Died With A Felaffel In His Hand with Richard Lowenstein and co-produced Robert Connolly's The Bank along with Samantha Lang's The Monkey's Mask.

The first project produced through one-year-old Fandango Australia is De Heer's Alexandra's Project.