Italian sales agents have announced two pick-ups on the eve of the 65th Venice Film Festival, which kicks off Aug 27.

Rai Trade has picked up Pupi Avati's competition title Il papa di Giovanna, about a man who has to put his daughter in a mental institution after she murders a schoolmate. The film stars Alba Rochwacher, Francesca Neri and Silvio Orlando and is produced by Duea Film with Medusa and Sky.

Adrianna Chiesa has picked up world sales for official-selection title Puccini e la Fanciulla, which has its world premier out of competition. The film focuses on the period when the composer was composing his opera La fanciulla del West.

Filmmakers Paola Baroni and Paolo Benvenuti spent six years researching Puccini's life and private correspondent. Their film also features seven minutes of never-before-seen filmed images of the composer in his regular life. This year marks the 150th anniversary of Puccini's birth.

Chiesa will also represent Di Madre in Figlia, Italy's only world premiere at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival. The documentary, presented by Davide Ferrario and directed by Andrea Zambelli screens in Reel-to-Reel in Toronto. The film examines female rice pickers in Northern Italy's lowlands in the early 20th century.

Chiesa also represents The Man Who Loves, which is in post-production and has already sold in ten territories. The film stars Pierfrancesco Favino, Monica Bellucci and Kseniya Rappoport.