Fledgling Italian distributor Pablo has hoovered up local rights to three films set to screen at next month's Turin Film Festival: I Nostri Anni, directed by Daniele Gaglianone, Corso Salani's Occidente and documentary I Fantasisti.
I Nostri Anni, about two World War II veterans tormented by their war memories, and Occidente, about a Romanian girl's encounter with a young professor at a military base in Northern Italy, are produced by Pablo sister company, Axelotil. Pablo plans to release Occidente on five or six screens on November 24.
In addition to the Turin titles, Pablo's Gianluca Arcopinto has also acquired Giuseppe Bertolucci's L'Amore Probabilmente and Sonny Et Moi, from French director Paul Brest Jr, set against the backdrop of a 1964 boxing match between Cassius Clay and Sonny Liston.
Pablo's 2001 slate also includes two other documentaries: Non Mi Basta Mai, from Guido Chiesa and Daniele Vicari, which traces Italy's changing socio-political landscape in the 70s and 80s through the eyes of five former Fiat workers; and Bruno Bigoni's Faber, about popular late Italian singer Fabrizio De Andre.
Founded two years ago, Pablo has carved a niche for itself in the distribution of low-budget Italian films, particularly by developing a close relationship with arthouse exhibitors in Milan, Rome, Turin, Bologna, Venice and the southern region of Puglia.