Icarus Films has wasted no time in rolling out the Distrib Films selections that it recently acquired for domestic home entertainment distribution. Last week it was director Jérôme Bonnell’s Just a Sigh, (starring Emmanuelle Devos and Gabriel Byrne), which will be making its DVD debut on Mar. 28.
This week the good news is that Sicilian filmmaker and actor Pierfrancesco Diliberto (aka: Pif) will see his award-winning film, The Mafia Kills Only in Summer, available on DVD this coming Apr. 11.
The film opened at the Torino Film Festival (it won the Audience Award) in November of 2013 and then proceeded to work the international festival circuit throughout 2014 and 2015, with a brief domestic arthouse theatrical run in March of 2015. And then gone.
For the record, the ARR is 760 days and reported ticket sales were $37,134.
With this distribution pack now in place, Distrib Films now has a partner in Icarus Films with the know-how to get films such as The Mafia Kills Only in Summer a second look in the home entertainment arena. We can expect more to follow.
Diliberto, who is known to Italian audiences as the television satirist “Pif,” stars as the adult version of Arturo (the younger version is played by Alex Bisconti), a young man who was conceived on the very day that a Mafioso by the name of Totò Riina (Antonio Alveario) became mayor of his home town, Palermo. It is as if what followed was written in the stars — an intersection of souls.
What filmmaker “Pif” has done is to give us a bittersweet history of 20 years of mob rule in this otherwise lovely Italian city on the island of Sicily in the form of a romantic (black) comedy that follows him and his life-long “girlfriend,” Flora (Cristiana Capotondi), from their days as school children to that of adults. Will they complete the cycle and marry or will Arturo let her slip away … or has destiny already written the outcome?
There is one other star of this film, and that is the city of Palermo itself (a sort of “Cliff Notes” history of the 1970s through 1990s plays out using actual footage and headlines covering important events in support of the film narrative).
The Mafia Kills Only in Summer is presented in Italian with English subtitles.