In a swathe of deals closed by Italian distributors in Berlin, Rome's Istituto Luce has snapped up all Italian distribution rights to two of the festival's hottest titles, including Argentine director Daniel Burman's Lost Embrace - which won the Jury Grand Prix and the Best Actor Silver Bear at last week's Berlin Film Festival.
Luce also picked up Italian rights to HBO title Maria Full Of Grace, Joshua Marston's Sundance hit about the seventeen-year-old Maria who tries to escape a tough life in village outside Bogota by becoming a drug runner. The film's protagonist, Catalina S. Moreno won the best actress prize in Berlin, while Marston was awarded the Alfrd Bauer prize for best directorial debut.
Meanwhile, Roman distributor Lady Film bought Italian rights to Hans Potter Moland's Norwegian film, Beautiful Country. The film, which stars Nick Nolte, Tim Roth and Damien Nguyen, was written and produced by Terrence Malick.
Mikado has bought Kim Ki-Duk's Korean shocker ,Samaritan Girl, the tale of two teenage girls who turn to prostitution to earn money for a trip to Europe, with tragic consequences. Kim Ki-Duk won the Silver Bear for Best Director in Berlin.
Last week, BFI also sold Italian rights to Berlin's surprise Golden Bear winner, Head On, to Valerio De Paolis's Bim Distribuzione.