IFC Films’ newest addition to the slate is Marco Bellochio’s Cannes world premiere Vincere, about the Fascist leader Benito Mussolini’s estranged wife Ida Dalser and their child.
The North American deal marks IFC’s sixth acquisition from Cannes 2009. The film will get its North American premiere in Toronto next month followed by the US premiere in October at the New York Film Festival.
Filippo Timi stars in a dual role as Mussolini and his illegitimate son, while Giovanna Mezzogiorno plays Dalser.
The story charts Mussolini’s rise to political power and the lengths he went to in order to cover up his marriage and fatherhood.
Mario Gianani, Hengameh Panahi and Olivia Sleiter produced and Daniela Ceselli collaborated with Bellochio on the screenplay.
IFC Films vice-president of acquisitions Arianna Bocco negotiated the deal with Panahi of Celluloid Dreams.