Capital Motion Picture Group has picked up North American rights to the Italian biking biopic The Pantani Affair, concerning the thriller surrounding the decline and loss of life of legendary Italian Tour de France and Giro d’Italia winner Marco Pantani, who died tragically on the age of 34.
Iuvit Media Sales, which is dealing with world gross sales on the movie, additionally inked a cope with Factoris Films by way of Amadeus Entertainment for French rights to the film, which is promoting on the online-only European Film Market this week.
Directed by Domenico Ciolfi (Passaggio a vuoto), The Pantani Affair traces the final 5 years in Pantani’s life, specializing in the occasions surrounding a doping scandal in the course of the 1999 Giro d’Italia biking race and Pantani’s decline till his loss of life in 2004.
Pantani was thought-about one of many biggest cyclists of all time and gained each the Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia in the identical 12 months (1998). Although he by no means examined constructive, Pantani’s profession was beset by doping allegations, and he was expelled from the 1999 Giro d’Italia after a check confirmed up irregular blood values, allegedly on account of using the banned substance EPO. Pantani’s official explanation for loss of life was acute cocaine poising, however a number of conspiracy theories have sprung up providing different causes behind his demise.
Three totally different Italian actors play Pantani within the movie: Marco Palvetti (Gomorrah), Brenno Placido (Romanzo Criminale) and Fabrizio Rongione (Two Days). Libero De Rienzo (The Two Popes), Francesco Pannofino (Boris), Gianfelice Imparato (Il Divo) and Monica Camporesi (The Adventures of Sally) co-star.
Mr Arkadin Film produced The Pantani Affair in collaboration with Bper Banca. Koch Media bowed the film in Italy in 2020.