Italy’s True Colours is launching pre-sales at the EFM of Giorgio Diritti’s Italian-Swiss co-production Lubo,  starring Franz Rogowski, for which it has acquired worldwide rights.

Now in post, Lubo is set on the eve of Second World War. Rogowski stars as a young Caucasian man of nomadic ethnicity called to serve in the Swiss army to defend the border with Austria from the threat of the Nazi army who hears his children have been taken away by the authorities and his wife killed in the scuffle. He defects from the army and spends the next 30 years searching for his children.  Christophe Sermet, Valentina Bellé and Noemi Besedes co-star.

Lubo is produced by Indiana Production and Aranciafilm with Rai Cinema, Hugofilm Features and Proxima Milano.   It shot for nine weeks in Switzerland and Italy.

Rai’s 01 Distribution has Italian rights to the film which is based on the novel by Mario Cavatore called The Sower. 

Diritti’s previous film Hidden Away won the Silver Bear at the 2020 Berlinale for actor Elio Germano.

Rogowski stars in two big Berlinale titles Ira Sachs’ Passages which is screening in Panorama following a Sundance debut, and Giacomo Abbruzzese’s Disco Boy which is in competition.