Metacinema, the Italian production, distribution and communications outfit launched last year at Venice, has bought a three-picture package of Berlin festival films from Fortissimo Film Sales.
The company, formed by industry veteran Giovanni Tamberi, formerly with Key Films and most recently with Istituto Luce, bought Yes Nurse, No Nurse, the Berlin competition musical, Forum film Chinese Odyssey by Jeff Lau, and Panorama's Yossi And Jagger, by Israel's Eytan Fox.
Metacinema operates three separate outfits each named after Roberto Rossellini films; Voyage In Italy (Viaggio In Italia) which focuses on production of two market-orientated, culturally stimulating movies by first or second-time Italian directors, and distribution arm Paisa which intends to handle10 medium-budget films per year. Fortissimo will continue to work with a range of Italian distributors including lucky Red, Bim, Mediaset and Lady Films; the third division focuses on training and communication.
Fortissimo also sold Yes Nurse to Thailand's Mongkol, Filmcoopie for Switzerland, Audiovisuel for Greece, Ster Kinekor for South Africa and previously Pony Canyon for Japan.
In Germany it achieved a couple of firsts, licensing Cannes 2002 title Monrak Transistor to ARD for German television and The Eye to rival German broadcaster ZDF.
Additional sales on Todd Graf's Camp include Elite for Switzerland and Aidiovisuel for Greece.