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Monday, April 23, 2018

Netflix Announces New Italian Projects

Cineuropa is reporting that Rimetti a noi i nostri debiti by Antonio Morabito is due to be the very first original Italian film to be released on Netflix. The film will be available to stream from 4 May and is not due to be released in cinemas. The CEO of Netflix, Reed Hastings, made the announcement in Rome while presenting the streaming company's new season to the European press. On the cards are 55 new productions from Europe, the Middle East and Africa, which will raise investments outside the United States and exceed US content for the first time. The new season will widen its content beyond Anglo-Saxon productions and will open up the floor to a variety of projects, while adjusting itself more to individual cultures. Netflix now boasts 125 million subscribers (7.4 million new users between January and March) and has a turnover of $3.7 billion. "We are working with other European partners," stated Hastings, "so that customers can watch Netflix shows in just one package. The most exciting thing is that we are sharing content." 

In terms of new releases in Italy, Netflix has announced the production of a film by Morabito starring Claudio Santamaria and Marco Giallini, which tells the story of a debt collector and debtor who turns from victim into culprit. Also on the cards for Netflix’s new season is Luna Nera, an original series produced by Fandango, which tells the story of a group of women accused of witchcraft in seventeenth-century Italy and the original series Baby directed by Andrea De Sica and Anna Negri, inspired by real-life events and the world of child prostitution in the Parioli district of Rome. Netflix has also announced that shooting is due to commence on the second season of Suburra, the docu-series First Team: Juventus,and the adaptation of Winx Club into a live action show.

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