Cannes Grand Prix Winner ‘Salvo’ Acquired by Film Movement

The Italian hitman drama took home the top prize during the 2013 Cannes Film Festival's International Critics’ Week

Film Movement has picked up the North American distribution rights to "Salvo," an Italian noir which won the Grand Prix at Cannes Critics' Week and the France 4 Visionary Award earlier this year.

The drama from first time feature filmmakers Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza follows Sicilian Mafia hitman, who spares the young, blind sister of one of his victims.

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Film Movement is planning a limited national theatrical run after opening in New York in the second quarter of 2014.

The company previously bought "Rita," a short film directed by Grassadonia and Piazza that inspired their debut feature.

"Salvo just grabs you like a hook in the first fifteen minutes, and stays with you for days after it ends," Adley Gartenstein, president of Film Movement, said in a statement. "As a company that still supports short filmmakers, we are especially proud to have followed Grassadonia and Piazza’s career, and to now have acquired their debut feature after also buying their short film Rita, which Salvo is loosely inspired on, a couple of years ago."