Revolver, the two-year-old Italian arthouse production anddistribution outfit, is ramping up its international activities. The companyhas boarded Chilean director Raoul Ruiz's upcoming film, Le Livre A Rendre as a co-producer and has also acquired Italianrights to Shinya Tsukamoto's Venice title, Vital.

Le Livre A Rendreis a Euros 3m picture which focuses on the friendship between a Chilean pilotand a boy, which begins during World War II. The film stars Marisa Paredes,Bernard Giraudeau and Gregoire Colin and is due to shoot this year in Romania.

Paris-based Elzevir Film is the main producer on the film,which has received Euros 300,000 in funding from Eurimages. Other co-producersare Spain's Imposible Film and Romania's Atlantis Film.

Revolver is also co-producing Chant d'Amour by Albania's Ylliet Alicka and Spartak Papadhimitri,which is due to shoot later this month in Southern Albania and in Kosovo. TheEuros 1m black comedy is set in the Balkans and has received backing fromFrance's Commission Fonds Sud Cinema.

On the home front, Revolver is producing Second Sin, a Euros 1.6m feature fromthe Dervish director Alberto Rondalli, which tells the story of a feud betweentwo aristocrats in post-Napoleonic times. The company is currently in talkswith a UK co-producer.

Revolver has also added several hot titles to its localdistribution slate, including Shinya Tsukamoto's love story, Vital, which is screening in theupcoming Venice Film Festival's Orizzonti section.

Produced by Japan's Kaijyu Theatre, Vital tells the story of a medical student who loses his memory ina car accident, retrieves it by performing an autopsy on the body of hisgirlfriend, but then enters a surreal world. Gold View is handlinginternational rights.

Revolver also recently bought Italian rights to two Cannestitles: Jean-Luc Godard's Notre Musiqueand Michael Winterbottom's Nine Songs.Both are sold by Wild Bunch.

Revolver managing director Paolo Spina says he and hiscolleagues, who include Rome-basedAmerican casting director Shaila Rubin, are now looking to buy English languagefilms with an international cast."We'd like to distribute around 5 or 6 films per year, compared tothe seven we currently have on our slate. We will continue to buy arthousefilms, but ones that are less experimental and have a bigger cast."