Posted on Wednesday, August 26th, 2009 by IFC Films News
Tags: Acquisitions, Cannes, Marco Bellochio, VINCERE
2009 Cannes Competition Film Will Have North American Premiere At The 2009 Toronto Film Festival
And U.S. Premiere At The 2009 New York Film Festival
New York (NY) (August XX, 2009) – IFC Films, one of the leading American distributors of independent and foreign films, announced today it has acquired U.S. rights to VINCERE, a powerful drama inspired by the incredibly true and tragic story of Mussolini’s first wife, Ida Dalser. Written and directed by Italian master Marco Bellochio, VINCERE had its world premiere in competition at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, Bellochio’s sixth film in competition since 1980. As Dalser, the film stars Giovanna Mezzogiorno (“The Last Kiss,” “Love in the Time of Cholera”) in a critically-acclaimed performance. Filippo Timi co-stars in a dual role as Mussolini and his illegitimate son. VINCERE will have its North American premiere in September at the Toronto Film Festival, followed by its U.S. premiere in October at the New York Film Festival.
VINCERE was produced by Mario Gianani, Hengameh Panahi and Olivia Sleiter. Daniela Ceselli collaborated with Bellochio on the screenplay.
The deal for VINCERE was negotiated by Arianna Bocco, IFC Films VP of Acquisitions, with Hengameh Panahi of Celluloid Dreams.
The deal marks IFC Films’ sixth acquisition from the 2009 Cannes Film Festival including Cristian Mungiu’s Tales from the Golden Age, Lars Von Trier’s Antichrist, Ken Loach’s Looking for Eric, Andrea Arnold’s Fish Tank and Corneliu Porumboiu’s Police, Adjective.
There is a secret in the life of Mussolini: a wife and a son, Benito Albino, who was born, acknowledged and then denied. The secret bears a name: Ida Dalser. It is a dark page in history, one ignored in the official biography of the Duce. When Ida meets Mussolini in Milan, he is the editor of Avanti and an ardent Socialist who intends to guide the masses towards an anti-clerical, anti-monarchical, socially emancipated future. Ida already had a fleeting encounter with him in Trento and remained thunderstruck. Ida truly believes in him and his ideas. In order to finance Popolo d’Italia, a newspaper he has founded and the nucleus of the forthcoming Fascist Party, Ida sells everything she has. When the First World War erupts, Benito Mussolini enrolls in the Army and disappears. When Ida finds him again in a military hospital, he is tended to by Rachele whom he has just married. Ida lashes out at her rival furiously, demanding her rights as Mussolini’s true wife and the mother of his first-born son. She is led away by force. For more than eleven years, she is locked away in an insane asylum (and her son in an institute) where she is put under, physical restraint and tortured, never to see her son again. But Ida will not give up without a fight…
Jonathan Sehring, President of IFC Entertainment commented “VINCERE was one of the standout films of Cannes for us with Marco Bellochio at the top of his game and with an absolute star making performance by Giovanna Mezzogiorno that people will be talking about for years to come. She and Filippo Timi bring a physicality to their performances that is positively electrifying. We think this is the perfect film for all of our platforms and surely one of the most discussed international films of the year.”
IFC Films is releasing VINCERE via its IFC in Theaters platform which brings critically-acclaimed independent movies to on demand viewers at home the same day they premiere in theaters.
About The Filmmaker
Marco Bellochio is one of the most respected and important directors working in Italy today. After making short films and documentaries in the early 1960s, Bellocchio won international fame with his first feature, the powerful incest drama “I Pugni In Tasca” (aka Fist in His Pocket). Other stylish and provocative political dramas followed, most notably “La Cina E Vicina (China is Near) and Nel Nome Del Padre (In the Name of the Father). Bellocchio lost none of his rebel status in the ensuing years, and most recently has assaulted bourgeois sensibilites with Salto Nel Vuoto (Leap Into The Void); Gli Occhi, La Bocca (The Eyes, The Mouth), his follow-up to I Pugni In Tasca; and the controversial Diavolo In Corpo (Devil In The Flesh), his X-rated updating of Raymond Radiguet’s novel.
About IFC Entertainment
A leader in the independent film industry, IFC Entertainment consists of multiple brands that are devoted to bringing the best of specialty films to the largest possible audience: IFC Films, Festival Direct, IFC Productions, and the IFC Center. IFC Films is a leading distributor of independent film. Its unique day and date distribution model, ‘IFC In Theaters,’ makes independent films available to a national audience by releasing them simultaneously in theaters as well as on cable’s On Demand platform and through Pay-Per-View, reaching 50 million homes. ‘IFC Festival Direct’ features a wide selection of titles acquired from major international film festivals and offers them exclusively through Video on Demand. IFC Productions is a feature film production company that provides financing for select independent film projects. IFC Center is a three screen, state-of-the-art cinema with luxurious seating and HD digital and 35mm projection that shows art-house films in the heart of New York’s Greenwich Village. IFC Entertainment’s companies are subsidiaries of Rainbow Media Holdings LLC.