Fandango Portobello has kicked off international sales for The Salt Of Life (Gianni E Le Donne), the second film by Roman film-maker and Gomorrah co-writer Gianni Di Gregorio.

Fandango – Portobello will present the project at the upcoming EFM. The film has pre-sold to France (Pyramide), Benelux (ABC-Cinemien), and Switzerland (Xenix), a representative for Fandango Portobello told ScreenDaily.

Di Gregorio’s comic debut Mid-August Lunch, focusing on a comic take of an Italian mother-son relationship, made a splash at the 2008 Venice Film Festival, winning the Lion of the Future as well as the London Film Festival’s Satyajit Ray Award award for best debut, after which the film completed a successful tour of several international festivals as well as racking up sales in several territories.

Di Gregorio’s new project The Salt Of Life is another Rome-set, generational, male-female comedy, which he again wrote directed and starred in and revolves around the story of a retired man (Di Gregorio) who passes his days plagued by the boring chores he carries out for the women in his life: his mother, wife, daughter and pretty neighbor when a friend comes along to spice things up, convincing him to add a bit of romance to his otherwise drab routine.

Angelo Barbagallo of BiBi Films produced the film with Isaria Productions along with the collaboration of Rai Cinema. In addition to its market debut, The Salt Of Life will be screening at the Berlinale with a Berlinale Special presentation.