Bim, one of the most muscular buyers in the Italian market, has acquired local rights to four films in the Venice International Festival, including the hotly anticipated 21 Grams.
21 Grams, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's second feature after international hit Amores Perros, centres on the lives of three people fatefully brought together by love and obsession.
Sold by Focus Features and written by Amores Perros's Guillermo Arriaga, the film stars Sean Penn, Benicio Del Toro, Naomi Watts and Charlotte Gainsbourg, who are all expected to make the trip to the Lido for the film's world premiere.
Bim has also picked up Italian rights to Jim Jarmusch's out-of-competition title, Coffee And Cigarettes, which features Roberto Benigni, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, Steve Buscemi, Iggy Pop and Tom Waits.
The picture is made up of a series of short films, each of which features a group of people who are sitting at a table, drinking coffee, smoking and talking.
The film includes sequences shot in white (cigarettes) and black (coffee) as well as three short films previously directed by Jarmusch, but never before distributed.
Bim's new slate also includes Travellers And Magicians, which, directed by Tibetan Lama Khyentse Norbu, represents the first film ever entirely produced and shot in Bhutan. Set on the slopes of the Himalayas, the film focuses on a young Bhutanese state employee who dreams of leaving his country and going to America. It will screen in Venice's Controcorrente competition.
Rounding up Bim's latest shopping spree is Oliver Stone's documentary Persona Non Grata, which screens in the New Territories sidebar. The film focuses on the conflict between Israel and Palestine and was shot in March 2002.