Paris-based sales company Elle Driver has acquired international distribution rights to the Italian animated feature, The Art of Happiness, according to a report by Variety.
The first feature film from Italian animator Alessandro Rak, The Art of Happiness opened the International Critics’ Week at the Venice Film Festival. Meant for an adult audience, the film is about a Neapolitan cab driver and former musician searching for spirituality as he drives the city’s garbage-strewn streets.
“Italy lags behind in the animation sector, especially in terms of being able to adapt to changing storytelling forms for new media,” said producer Luciano Stella. “We are trying to change that.”
Rak is a graduate of Rome’s Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia Film School and also a graphic novelist.
The animated feature is produced by Stella and Naples production company Mad Entertainment, and will be distributed in Italy by Istituto Luce Cinecitta.