By Eric Eidelstein | Indiewire January 29, 2014 at 2:03PM
Emerging Pictures is collaborating with Istituto Luce-Cinecittà and the Italian Trade Commission to create "Cinema made in Italy," a new project designed to bring Italian cinema to American audiences. The Istituto Luce-Cinecittá and the Italian Trade Commission have created a fund that will help Emerging Pictures distribute the films.
Emerging has announced Gianni Amelio’s "L’Iintre-pido", Marco Bellocchio’s "Dormant Beauty," Bernardo Bertolucci’s "Me and You" and Valeria Golino’s "Honey" for 2014 releases. In addition to these films, this year's Academy Award nominated film "The Great Beauty" was released as part of the series by Janus Films with support from "Cinema Made in Italy."
The five films scheduled for a 2014 release will all receive a nationwide release, with theaters to be announced soon.
"Italian cinema has always captured the imagination of American audiences since the heyday of Fellini, Pasolini, Visconti, De Sica and Rossellini. Our goal is to create a marketing and distribution initiative that will allow new Italian films to regularly enter the marketplace with a presence and to help create an ongoing new audience," Managing Partner of Emerging Pictures Ira Deutchman said in a statement.