Mark Amin's Sobini Films hasacquired worldwide rights to Joey Curtis' street racing drama Quattro Noza and will serve as a producing partner and providefinishing funds for post-production.
The film recently garneredtwo IFP Independent Spirit Award nominations for best first feature andcinematography and premiered in competition at Sundance this year, where it wonthe excellence in cinematography award. It is expected to be complete by March2004.
Curtis' story is a moderntelling of Romeo And Juliet set against the world of illegal street racing inLos Angeles' Latino communities and features an entire cast of non-actors.
Sobini president CamiWinikoff negotiated the deal for Sobini with legal counsel J David Nonaka.Bobbi Thompson of Innovative Artists and attorney Richard Thompson negotiatedon behalf of producer Fountainhead Films president Fredric King and writer/directorJoey Curtis.
"I loved Quattro Noza the first time I saw it, and I knew that with somere-editing, new sound and great music, this innovative film could really takeoff," Sobini's founder Amin, who will serve as executive producer, said in astatement.
"It was like a diamond inthe rough. Joey ingeniously used non-actors to create a very real atmospherewith the kind of subtle tension that you find in smart thrillers."
"Mark and Sobini Films aremaking a meaningful contribution to enhance every aspect of Quattro Noza," King added. "We feel like we have found talentedpartners who are helping us to complete the film in the manner it deserves."
Sobini recently completedproduction on its first feature The Prince And Me, a co-production between Paramount and Lions GateEntertainment that Paramount is preparing to release in the US in early 2004.
Directed by Martha Coolidge,The Prince and Me stars JuliaStiles as a pre-med student who falls in love with a Danish prince at hercollege. Luke Mably and Miranda Richardson also star.
Amin served as producer withSobini's president of production Robin Schorr and company president CamiWinikoff serving as executive producers.
Sobini Films was set up inearly 2001 as a financing and production company. It has a first-look deal withLions Gate Entertainment, where Amin is vice chairman and the largestindividual shareholder, and plans to produce two to four projects a year ofvarying budgets.
Upcoming projects includethe romantic tragedy Pastrana,the psychological horror story Dark Sister, and an adaptation of Dan Millman's bestseller Way Of The PeacefulWarrior.