AMBI Pictures, the international group whose partners are the producer Andrea Iervolino, and the entrepreneur Monika Bacardi, is undertaking is to provide financial backing for medium to high-budget international films featuring Hollywood names.
AMBI Pictures has already produced dozens of films and is today operating in a number of different EU countries as well as in North America.
AMBI Group announced it had launched a $200 million film fund to finance about five feature films and about ten lower-budget films. Shortly thereafter, AMBI Pictures announced plans to remake Memento from this fund.
Andrea Iervolino, who has been a producer since the age of 16, has produced, financed and distributed more than 48 features. A partner and founder of a number different production companies, he is currently the youngest and most highly regarded Italian entrepreneur in the filmmaking sector.
Monika Gomez del Campo Bacardi Lady of Bayfield Hall, better known as “Monika Bacardi”, is a businesswoman and a film producer, the co-founder of the AMBI Pictures group, and actively involved in numerous philanthropic ventures.
Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi also founded AMBI Distribution, based in Beverly Hills, California, a worldwide sales agency that vertically integrates finance, production and distribution for AMBI Pictures.
AMBI Pictures produced eight feature films in 2014 including the action-thriller “2047 Sights of Death” starring Danny Glover, Daryl Hannah, Rutger Hauer, Stephen Baldwin and Michael Madsen; the Barry Levinson directed drama, “The Humbling”, starring Al Pacino, Greta Gerwig, Kyra Sedgwick, Charles Grodin and Dianne Wiest; and the crime-thriller “Hope Lost” starring Danny Trejo, Mischa Barton and Michael Madsen.
In 2014, AMBI produced “Andron - The Black Labyrinth”, by Francesco Cinquemani starring Alec Baldwin, Danny Glover, Gale Morgan Harold III and the singer Skin.
Andrea Iervolino and the director Marco Risi, in collaboration with Monika Bacardi produced “Life is a Stage” (original Title: Tre Tocchi), by Marco Risi.
In collaboration with Paradox Studios, AMBI Pictures produced the romantic comedy “All Roads Lead To Rome” starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Raoul Bova, Paz Vega, Claudia Cardinale and Rosie Day.
In 2015 AMBI Pictures financed and produced with Franco’s Rabbit Bandini Productions and That’s Hollywood Pictures a film directed by James Franco and based on Steinbeck's gritty, realist style novel: "In Dubious Battle”. Starring James Franco, Nat Wolff, Selena Gomez, Josh Hutcherson, Vincent D’Onofrio, Robert Duvall, Ed Harris, Bryan Cranston, Zach Braff.
Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi are also the co producers of the film “September of Shiraz”, with the stars Salma Hayek and Academy Award Winner Adrien Brody.
The company has also recently ventured into the world of animation, with two animated features: "East End" and “Arctic Justice - Thunder Squad” and have already finalized important contracts with Hollywood stars to provide the voiceovers, such as John Cleese, Alec Baldwin, James Franco, Anjelica Houston, Heidi Klum and Omar Sy.
Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi, together with ‘American Sniper’ Producer, Andrew lazar, tackling Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Rupture’, directed by Steven Shainberg, starring Noomi Rapace and with Micheal Chiklis, Peter Stormare, Lesley Manville, Kerry Bishe, Ari Millen.
AMBI Pictures has also produced the psychological thriller “Lavender” by Ed Gass-Donnelly and with Abbey Cornish, Dermot Mulroney, Diego Klattenhoff and Justin Long.
Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi together with the producer Daniele Di Lorenzo have secured approval from the Fellini family and estate for a re-imagining of "La Dolce Vita."
The company is financing and producing its new project “This Beautiful Fantastic” by Simon Aboud, in collaboration with Ipso Facto’s Christine Alderson, starring Jessica Brown Findlay, Tom Wilkinson, Andrew Scott and Jeremy Irvine.
On September 2015 Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi opened the 40^ Toronto International Film Festival with a big charity event “AMBI GALA – Cinema to help the world” in support of Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation which champions environmental causes and aims to combat climate change.
The Gala emceed by Canadian comedian Martin Short and closing with a rare, knockout 60-Minute performance by pop legend Diana Ross. Honorary co-chief was James Franco.
His Royal Highness HSH Prince Albert II spoke about his organization in front of many special guests such as Mischa Barton, Danny Trejo, Paul Haggis, Michael Madsen and Paul Sorvino.