Both Loro films to be combined into one film for the international market
by Camillo De Marco
- Paolo Sorrentino's film about Silvio Berlusconi – released in two parts in Italy – will be presented at Toronto in one single combined 145-minute version and will participate in the Oscar race
Loro [+see also:
film profile] by Paolo Sorrentino will be released as one single 2 hour 25 minute film for the international market and will also be distributed in Italy by Universal at the end of September in order to allow the film to qualify for the 2019 Oscar race.
The Oscar-winning Neapolitan director has just finished editing a new unseen version of his film about Silvio Berlusconi, which was released in two parts – with a running time of 104 and 100 minutes respectively – in Italian cinemas on 24 April and 10 May this year. According to Variety, the combined version will be presented at Toronto Film Festival in September, before being released in Italian cinemas and then finally landing – in a twist of fate – on the Berlusconi-owned Mediaset TV network, with whom Universal has an exclusive agreement.
Distributed in about 500 cinemas, Loro 1 [+see also:
film profile] took €4.1 million at the box office in its first 4 weeks and €1.7 million in its opening weekend alone, while Loro 2 [+see also:
film profile]has taken €2.5 million euros at the box office to date (€1.1 in its opening weekend). A successful experiment then, this double release, which required double the marketing effort. "Perhaps the Italian market is mature enough for a two-part film," commented the producer Nicola Giuliano of Indigo Film.
The French outfit Pathé International – which is handling international sales – has already secured agreements with Belga Films (for Belgium and the Netherlands), Mcf Megacom Film (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia), A-One Films (Russia, Ukraine, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania), Pathé Distribution (France), Dcm (Germany), Feelgood Entertainment (Greece), Lev Films - Shani Films (Israel), Gutek Film (Poland), Aerofilms (Czech Republic and Slovakia), DeAPlaneta (Spain), Pathé Films (Switzerland) and Mozinet (Hungary).
(Translated from Italian)
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