The Curti family history in film starts in 1953, when Antonio Curti made his entrance into the world of the seventh art. Since then, two other generations have followed in managing the company. Officially, the Minerva Group International was founded in the early seventies, on the basis of the industry experience already gained by founding partner Ermanno Curti (son of Antonio). Since the early years of business, the Company has established itself in the national distribution and film production, as well as an international sales. In the mid-eighties, Gianluca Curti started working in the family business, and his entry into the company management allowed to develop the internationalization of the brand and start a policy of continuous business expansion together with a growing share of production and purchase of movie-library. Besides the Italian headquarters, the company is present in the United States under the brand RaroVideoUsa, directed by Stefano Curti, whom joined the group in 1999 and is the co-founder of the editorial philosophy of RaroVideo. The group, therefore, has been operating for more than 40 years in the entertainment and audiovisual sector, both nationally and internationally in the role of producer, distributor and media publisher. In the course of its activities, the Company has acquired and consolidated a library now represented by approximately 1,500 titles, for a total, including movies, TV series and documentaries, of 2,500 hours of programming
The editorial guidelines of the group are:
Film production and distribution brand that focuses on the commercial exploitation of a certain type of genre movie.
The desire to develop a film that attempted to investigate the real and the social, to prompt a dialogue and specific discussions, lead the company to produce alongside Bibi Film and RAI Cinema, in 2009, the film FORTAPASC: based on the true story of journalist Giancarlo Siani killed by criminal organization Camorra. The movie won 3 Ciak d'oro, the 28th International Prize "Sergio Amidei" for Best Screenplay and Feature Film and one Golden Globe for Best Director. Since then, the social engagement is one of the fundamental characteristics and objectives of Minerva productions. In 2009, Minerva Pictures begins a collaboration with Figli del Bronx, a production company of Naples, which resulted in the realization of the italian docu-fiction NAPLES, NAPLES, NAPLES, directed by maestro Abel Ferrara. The film was later published in the homevideo series of RaroVideo, obtaining instant success. The partnership with Figli del Bronx continued in 2010, with the co-production of LA-BAS. CRIMINAL EDUCATION, the first work by filmmaker Guido Lombardi, inspired by the real crime story and massacre case of Castel Volturno. Presented at the 26th International Critic's Week, as part of the 68th International Film Festival, it won the "Golden Lion of the Future," the Best First Time Directing award - named after Luigi De Laurentiis - the Audience Award "Kino", and has gained several major recognitions in Italian and international circuit festivals. Minerva Pictures released Director Lombardi’s second feature film, TAKE FIVE, co-produced once again with Figli del Bronx and Eskimo: a homegrown gangster movie. Additional project accomplished with Figli del Bronx is PERPETUAL INTERDICTION, directed by Gaetano Di Vaio.
Among other several productions, to be mentioned are: THE HEART IS DECEITFUL ABOVE ALL THINGS of 2004, directed by Asia Argento, and starring herself, Jeremy Renner, Winona Ryder, Michael Pitt, and Cole and Dylan Sprouse. It is based on a namesake novel by JT LeRoy's. The film has been released in theatres in North America and was part of the official selection of the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs of the 57º Cannes Film Festival. Furthermore, in 2011 Minerva released TATANKA, a film based on a novel by Roberto Saviano, Italian journalist and number one advocate against criminal organizations. The movie stars the Boxing Olimpic silver medal Clemente Russo. Director Giuseppe Gagliardi, using a Nonrealistic touch, depicts the domination of the Camorra in southern Italian territories and upon the lives of those who grow there.
In line with the crime-themed productions, follows the documentary ‘NDRANGHETA – LE VERITA' NASCOSTE.
In 2015 Minerva Pictures produced PER AMOR VOSTRO (FOR YOUR LOVE), selected at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival - competing in the Official Selection - and coproduced with Buena Onda, Eskimo, Figli del Bronx, Gaundri and Bea Production Company. In this movie by Giuseppe M. Gaudino, Valeria Golino plays Anna, a woman crushed under the burden of life duties and family affairs.
The same year Renato De Maria's ITALIAN GANGSTERS was presented in the section "Orizzonti" of the Venice Film Festival. The documentary, produced by Minerva in collaboration with Istituto Luce Cinecittà, is an original, spectacular journey through the most sensational exploits of the Italian criminal local underworld. Thirty years of violent stories sanctioned by news media and films. A gallery of faces, testimonies and period footage drawn from Rarovideo's library, with the best of the genre films.
Directed by Mimmo Calopresti, Minerva Pictures shot UNO PER TUTTI (ONE FOR ALL), a psychological noir based on the novel by Gaetano Savatteri, starring Giorgio Panariello, Thomas Trabacchi, Fabrizio Ferracane and Isabella Ferrari, and L'ESIGENZA DI UNIRMI OGNI VOLTA CON TE (GETAWAY OF LOVE), by Tonino Zangardi, on the road romance with Marco Bocci and Claudia Gerini, both released in theaters at the end of 2015.
On June 9th 2016 the comedy CIAO BROTHER by Nicola Barnaba, starring Pablo (Fabrizio Nardi) e Pedro (Nico Di Rienzo), Benedicta Boccoli, Mietta and Clayton Norcross, has been theatrically released in Italy.
In March 2017 the crime-noir movie FALCHI (FALCONS SPECIAL SQUAD) by Toni D'Angelo came out in Italian theaters. The melodrama set in the heart of Naples tells the story of a special police unit that investigates organized crime. It stars Fortunato Cerlino (Gomorrah – The series), Michele Riondino (Young Montalbano – the series), Pippo Delbono and Stefania Sandrelli, and is coproduced with longtime associates Figli del Bronx and Rai Cinema.
The same year, Minerva released VELENO (POISON), which was presented at the 74th Venice International Film Festival. The movie is a full immersion experience in the Land of fires, the largest illegal waste dump in Europe, a dramatic environmental disaster that cannot be kept quiet. The cast: Salvatore Esposito (Gomorrah – the series), Massimiliano Gallo (Per Amor Vostro/Anna) e Luisa Ranieri (Luisa Spagnoli – the series).
ERRE11, the directorial debut of Marco Bocci. The film, based on his book "A Tor Bella Monaca Non Piove Mai", is produced by Minerva Pictures with Rai Cinema and Potenza Producciones. Starring Libero De Rienzo, Andrea Sartoretti and Antonia Liskova.
Brand of home video film distribution dedicated to the exploitation of films of high artistic quality. Several masterpieces of the iIalian cinema series known throughout the world have been edited in the series, such as General della Rovere, by R.Rossellini, Many wars ago by F.Rosi, The coat by A. Lattuada, Brother Sun Sister Moon by F. Zeffirelli, several works of Totò and Alberto Sordi, and many others …
Brand of home video to commercialize movies of Minerva catalog, from both the library and the new acquisitions (including e-commerce and DVD).
Brand of international distribution, Minerva is a foreign sales agency who directly participates with their staff and with the rent of exhibition spaces in the biggest events and markets of the year (MIPCOM, MIPTV, Cannes film festival, Venice, EFM in Berlin, MIA - Mercato Internazionale Audiovisivo). Operating in the film distribution sector for more than fifty years, Minerva has established itself at an international level, constantly updating their knowledge of the market and of its boundless library, presenting more and more competitive lists and increasing their communication and marketing strategies. Minerva Pictures is currently the world sales agent of the prestigious first movie of Stanley Kubrick, Fear and Desire and the maestro’s short movie The Seafarers , newly restored by The U.S. Library of Congress, the MoMa and Kino Lorber.
Video label of film works distribution of a high and recognized artistic level, often unpublished in Italy and in Europe. RaroVideo, on the market since 1999, has become a leader in the sector in Italy, offering publications dedicated to the visual arts, working with an interdisciplinary approach, focusing on the quality of the artistic work and the editorial content. The wide catalog is composed by several works ranging from classic films to animation, from experimental avant-garde to video performances. Among the filmmakers who enrich the RaroVideo catalog there are: Andy Warhol, Amos Gitai, Paul Morrissey, Derek Jarman, Roberto Rossellini, Shinya Tsukamoto, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Jean-Luc Godard, Werner Herzog, Lars von Trier, Tinto Brass, Jean Cocteau, Pedro Almodovar, Cyprus and Maresco, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Yasujiro Ozu, Nagisa Oshima, Claude Chabrol, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Carmelo Bene, Paolo Gioli, Martin Scorsese, Mario Bava, Peter Jackson, Fernando di Leo, Antonio Pietrangeli and many others. RaroVideo was the first publisher in the world to publish Andy Warhol movies on DVD: The Chelsea Girls to My Hustler, silent films, The Nude Restaurant and Lonesome Cowboys (which were then reedited in Andy Warhol Anthology at the end of 2006).
RARO VIDEO U.S.A:
Once established itself in Italy as a brand of quality and passion for cinema, RaroVideo has landed in the U.S. in 2011, launching the brand RaroVideo USA, and in a short time, despite the extremely competitive market, Raro has earned a large band of supporters and the affection of critics, who defined it, in the New York Times, "The finest European boutique of film". To the publication of the work of Fernando Di Leo, which has been for months on top of the Amazon bestseller list, followed the long-awaited publication of works that represent milestones of our Italian cinema, such as The Clowns by Federico Fellini, Conversation Piece by Visconti, Come Have Coffee with us by Lattuada, Adua and her companions by Pietrangeli, Night of the Devils by Ferroni and many others.