Rome outfitMikado Film has acquired Italian distribution rights to two films that areplaying in competition at the Venice Film Festival, bringing its total tally tofour.
The veteranarthouse distributor has picked up Manoel de Oliveira's Magic Mirror, and Abel Ferrara's controversialdrama Mary.
Sold byFirst Hand Films, Magic Mirror is adapted from Agustina Bessa-Luis's A Alma dos Ricos(The Soul of the Rich), and is about a troubled, wealthy woman who is obsessed by the desire tosee an apparition of the Virgin Mary.
The film isproduced by Portugal's Filbox-Producoes Audiovisuals, and stars Ricardo Trepaand Leonor Silveira.
Ferrara'sfilm Mary isabout an egotistical filmmaker making a picture about Jesus, and the woman whois trapped in the role of Mary Magdalene that she is playing. Juliette Binoche,Matthew Modine and Forrest Whitaker lead the cast.
Wild Bunchis handling international distribution.
Mikado alsohas Italian rights to Laurent Cantet's title Heading South, which stars Charlotte Rampling ina film about sex tourism in Haiti at the end of Baby Doc Duvalier's brutalregime, as well as Patrice Chereau's period drama Gabrielle, about the disintegration of amarriage. Both films are in competition in Venice.