Sony Pictures Classics (SPC) has picked up all worldwide rights excluding Italy to Luca Guadagnino’s Ferragamo doc and Venice world premiere Salvatore: Shoemaker Of Dreams.
Haute couture author and The New York Times contributor Dana Thomas (Gods And Kings: The Rise And Fall Of Alexander McQueen And John Galliano, Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster) wrote the screenplay and Michael Stuhlbarg narrates the film, which screens out competition on September 6.
Salvatore: Shoemaker Of Dreams chronicles the life of one of the world’s most renowned designers, starting from impoverished origins as a teenage cobbler in early 20th century Naples.
Ferragamo journeyed to the United States in search of a better life and went on to become Hollywood’s shoemaker during the silent era. In 1927, he returned to Italy and established his namesake luxury brand in Florence.
Guadagnino reunites on the project with his Call Me By Your Name executive producer Francesco Melzi d’Eril (Hotel Rwanda, the upcoming Born To Be Murdered starring John David Washington), who serves as producer alongside Gabriele Moratti.
Stella Savino served as executive producer.
SPC and Guadagnino worked together on Call Me By Your Name. Guadagnino also served as executive producer on The Truffle Hunters, which SPC will open in December.
Sierra/Affinity negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.