At the upcoming EFM in Berlin,French sales and finance outfit Wild Bunch will commence sales on the latestfilm from director Emir Kusturica about the life offootball legend Diego Maradona.
Maradona,a documentary that traces the player's rise to stardom, fall from grace andeventual redemption, travels from Argentinato Naples to Cuba,Barcelona, Yugoslaviaand other important locales of the man's life.
Produced by Pentagrama Films, Estudios Picasso, Wild Bunch and France'sFidelite, Maradona will be released by Wild Bunch distribution armPan-Europeenne. Finishing touches are being put onthe project which could be ready for Cannes.
Also new is Nanni Moretti's The Caiman.Starring Silvio Orlando,the film is a departure for Moretti who often handlesthe lead role himself this time however, the directorhas taken a much smaller, though integral, part.
Focusing on political disenchantment in Italyseen through the eyes of a man beginning a second chapter in his life, the filmis something of a continuation in an arc Morettibegan with 1994's Dear Diary. The Caimanis aiming to be ready for Cannes.
Australian director Rolf de Heer's Ten Canoes, another Cannespossibility, will also debut on Wild Bunch's Berlinslate. A sort of fable about tribal law, the film was shot in Australiausing a cast made up entirely of Aborigines.
Among other films on the Wild Bunch roster, first imageswill be shown of Emanuele Crialese'sThe Golden Door, Guillermo del Toro's Pan'sLabyrinth, Richard Kelly's SouthlandTales and Christian Charles' teen comedy Full Of It (formerly known as NothingBut The Truth).
Wild Bunch also boasts the sole French film in the Berlincompetition with Claude Chabrol's Comedy Of Power.