What Brought Italian Films `Out Of A Coma'

Subsidies, more screens, and surprise hits spark a revival

Fabio Nunziata was just another face at San Calisto Bar, a trendy hangout in a bohemian quarter of Rome. But last summer, Nunziata became a celebrity when his $230,000 feature, Il Caricatore--an autobiographical film about three directors struggling to get a first film produced--became an overnight cult success. Since then, the 32-year-old from Calabria has launched his own production company and begun a sequel.

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