Gomorrah: Cannes Fest Prize-Winning Film Acquired by IFC

May 27, 2008–IFC has acquired the visceral Italian drama “Gomorrah,” winner of the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival.

Based on Robert Saviano’s international bestseller, the well-received film tracks five stories in present-day Naples.

“Matteo Garrone has reinvented the Italian Mafia picture with such originality and invention that it seems entirely new,” said IFC Entertainment prexy Jonathan Sehring.

IFC Films will release “Gomorrah” theatrically and via its day-and-date distribution platform that allows audiences to see films in theaters and on-demand simultaneously. Pic will also be in Blockbuster stores. The film has grossed almost $8 million since its release in Italy 10 days ago, IFC said.

The film was produced by Domenico Procacci (“The Last Kiss”). Fandango Portobello Sales, which has sold the film in 25 countries, handled the sale to IFC.