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Berlin-based international sales company M-Appeal has picked up global sales rights to Colombian filmmaker-scribe Natalia Santa’s directorial debut “The Dragon Defense” (“La Defensa del Dragon”), which plays at Cannes’ Directors Fortnight in May.
“Natalia’s vision is right in line with ours, and her delicate portrayal of three men in the later stage of life is beautifully expressed through striking visuals and clever dialogue,” said M-Appeal CEO Maren Kroymann, adding that the company had been in talks with “Dragon” producer Ivette Liang of Galaxia 311 since its project development stage. “Dragon” has participated in Ibermedia’s 2014 Projects Lab, the 2015 Cartagena Encounter, Eave – Puentes 2015, the Tribeca Workshop 2015 and Bam 2015.
“It’s important for me to work with a sales agent who is able to explore all possibilities, thanks to a limited catalogue, and with whom we have a relationship of trust,” said Liang.
“Dragon” pivots on three old friends in the Colombian capital of Bogota, »
- Anna Marie de la Fuente
Berlin-based international sales outfit M-Appeal has acquired worldwide rights, excluding the UK, North America and Poland, to British indie Butterfly Kisses.
The film, directed by Rafael Kapelinski, will have its world premiere in the generation strand of the Berlin Film Festival (Feb 9-19) and has been nominated for the Gwff best first feature award.
The story follows a day in the life of Jake (Stevenson) and his two best friends through a world distorted by sex and porn. Newcomers, Byron Lyons and Liam Whiting also appear in their first film roles.
Director by Rafael Kapelinski won the Cannes Cinefondation residence award for a young European filmmaker in 2009.
Ahead of the Berlinale European Film Market, Maren Kroymann’s Berlin-based M-Appeal has acquired international sales rights to three new Berlin fest-selected titles: “Discreet,” “Inflame” and “Millennials.” All are world premieres.
Focusing on new voices from independent and world cinema, and with a strong line in Lgbt art films, M-Appeal also handles sales on young adult drama “Center of My World.” Seen at the Palm Springs Festival and directed by Jakob M. Erwa, who recently won a best upcoming director prize at the Bavarian Film Awards, “Centre of the World” has been licensed by M-Appeal to the U.K.’s Matchbox. “Centre of My World” is included in the Berlinale’s Deutscher Filmpreis screenings of films nominated for Germany’s national Lola Awards. It competes in the best picture category.
Sporting the Berlinale’s hallmark contemporary focus, the three M-Appeal pickups focus on key social issues roiling modern-day world: homophobia in the U. »
- John Hopewell
“Center of My World,” a coming-of-age drama by emerging Austrian auteur Jakob M. Erwa, has closed key sales deals for the U.S. and France ahead of its U.S. premiere next week at the Palm Springs Festival.
In pacts struck by Maren Kroymann’s Berlin-based M-Appeal, Tla Releasing has acquired distribution rights for the U.S. and Paris-based Outplay for France. Tla Releasing is a classic American label for Lgbt titles. Outplay’s previous acquisitions for France include Antony Hickling’s “Where Horses Go To Die” and Javier Fuentes-Leon’s “Undertow.”
Universum released “Center of My World” in Germany on Nov. 10. In other deals, Arti Film has signed on to handle theatrical distribution in Benelux, while Creative Century Entertainment Co. has acquired rights for Taiwan.
“Center of My World” is based on a celebrated 1998 lyrical novel by Germany’s Andreas Steinhofel, a writer who has attempted to elevate Ya »
- John Hopewell
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