Italian state distributor Istituto Luce, whose president Angelo Guglielmi recently stepped down, has unveiled its 2002 distribution slate which includes Wong Kar-Wai's widely anticipated new film 2046, Theo Angelopoulos's upcoming film about Greek exiles, The Weeping Field, and French actor-writer-director Michel Blanc's Embrassez Qui Vous Voulez.
Other distributors who unveiled their new slates at the biannual local screenings in Chianciano Terme, Tuscany, included Aurelio De Laurentiis, whose Filmauro will release Luc Besson's 1988 picture Le Grand Bleu, which had never previously found distribution in Italy. Other Filmauro films include Chen Kaige's Killing Me Softly, Argentinian thriller Nine Queens and Ten Minutes Older, a collective film from 15 directors including Bernardo Bertolucci, Mike Figgis, Jean-Luc Godard, Jim Jarmusch, Wim Wenders and David Lynch.
As it continues to expand its slate, Ernesto Di Sarro's Nexo, has added two more European pictures to its list of upcoming releases: Germany's foreign Oscar candidate Das Experiment, a pychological thriller directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel, and the company's first Italian picture: Enrico Caria's comedy Blek Giek. In addition, the 18 month-old outfit is also set to release Joel Zwick's romantic comedy My Big Fat Greek Wedding, which is produced by Tom Hanks.
Ambitious newcomer 01, the company formed by Rai Cinema and StudioCanal, will release Ariel Zeitoun's Luc Besson-produced Yamakasi, Brian Burns's comedy You Stupid Man, Gerard Pires's action flick Steal and Neil Jordan thriller Double Down. Eagle Pictures has unveiled a slate including Richard Donner's Paramount thriller Time Line, adapted from a Michael Crichton novel, and Ben Affleck pictures The Third Wheel, Changing Lanes and Daddy And Them.
Other pick ups include Interstate 60 which stars Gary Oldman , Michael J Fox and Harvey Keitel, and Richard Dreyfuss comedy Cletis Tout.
Leading local distributor Medusa Film announced that it has picked up Philip Noyce's The Quiet American, Sylvester Stallone picture Dolan's Cadillac, Vincent Gallo-Courteney Cox film Get Well Soon and Adrian Lyne's Richard Gere starrer Unfaithful.