The Works International has picked up the world sales rights to Italian thriller La Prima Linea (The Front Line). It has acquired the film in conjunction with sales agency QuickfireFilms.

The film, which wraps on April 10, is directed by Renato De Maria and stars Riccardo Scamarcio, Giovanna Mezzogiorno (Love In The Time Of Cholera) and Fabrizio Rongione. The nine week shoot has taken place in Venice, Milan, Turin and Rome.

La Prima Linea tells the true story of an outlaw who masterminded an audacious prison break in a bid to be reunited with his lover. The screenplay has been adapted from the autobiography of Sergio Segio.

Pre-sales have been made to Diaphana for France and Cineart for Benelux.

The project is produced by Andrea Occhipinti (Il Divo) for Lucky Red and co-produced by Belgian filmmakers, directors and producers, the Dardenne Brothers. The project has received financing support from the Italian Ministry of Culture, regional funding body Wallimage, Eurimages, the Council of Europe fund for promoting and supporting film, and also from broadcasters Rai, Sky, Medusa and RTBF. It has also received money through the Belgian tax shelter.

La Prima Linea is set in the 1970s during a turbulent period in the Italy’s history. The plot centres on passionate couple Sergio and Susanna, who are living as fugitives and are part of the notorious terrorist group, Prima Linea. Their luck runs out when Susanna is captured and thrown into jail. As she faces a long sentence, Sergio put his life on line and embarks on a dangerous plan to free her.

Carl Clifton, from The Works International, said the film is ‘a truly extraordinary thriller’. He added: ‘It packs an incredible punch.’

Quickfire’s James Atherton added that it is ‘thrilled’ to be involved with the project. ‘The film-makers’ pedigree is second to none,’ he added.