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New films by internationally feted Polish filmmakers Jan Komasa, Kuba Czekaj and Dorota Kedzierzawska were among 20 projects presented to sales agents, distributors and festival programmers at the sixth edition of the Polish Days (8-10 August) during this week’s New Horizons International Film Festival in Wroclaw.
Komasa - who made his feature debut with Suicide Room - and his producer Leszek Bodzak of Aurum Film (The Last Family) pitched the contemporary social drama Corpus Christi which is based on screenwriter Mateusz Pacewicz’s first screenplay for cinema.
The €1m project is being structured as a Polish-French co-production and will begin principal photography in spring 2018.
Bodzak also presented a second feature project, Borys Lankosz’s thriller Dark, Almost Night, which he described as “David Lynch meets Ken Loach”, to begin shooting this autumn with The Last Family’s Dawid Ogrodnik and Aleksandra Konieczna in the cast »
- email@example.com (Martin Blaney)
Exclusive: Quirky road trip comedy follows journey from Italy to small village in Carpathian Mountains in Ukraine.
Paris-based sales company Premium Films has announced first deals on Italian director Andrea Magnani’s road trip comedy Easy (pictured) ahead of its premiere in the Filmmakers of the Present competition at Locarno.
The debut feature has sold to China (Lemon Tree), Turkey (Fabula) and Ukraine (Multi Media Distribution) ahead of the screening. Tucker Film will release the picture in Italy on August 31.
His dynamic, ultra-successful brother Filo gives Easy a challenge that will get him behind the wheel again: to drive a coffin from Italy to a small village in the Carpathian Mountains in Ukraine.
It is an Italian-Ukrainian co-production involving Kiev-based Fresh Production Group alongside Italy’s Pilgrim »
Jesús premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last autumn.
Jesús will open theatrically in New York and Los Angeles on September 1, New Orleans on September 8, with other markets to follow leading up to the DVD/VOD release on September 19.
After he and his friends attack a young boy, Jesús has no choice but to turn to his father for help, despite their troubled relationship.
The film held its Us premiere at the Neighboring Scenes Series held by the Film Society of the Lincoln Center in New York City.
On May 23, Cannes’ Producers Network will train its spotlight on six Chilean producers, a mix of seasoned pros and novices from the country’s enviable film industry.
A producer since 1997, Freund’s credits include blockbuster “Stefan v/s Kramer,” which he co-directed, and Matias Lira’s priest scandal drama “El Bosque de Karadima.” “I’m open to both auteur and mainstream stories, as long as they move me and have something to impart,” he says. He joined Demente as CEO-partner in 2015 and he’s developing, among others, Pablo Illanes’ “The Grave” and thriller “The Crying Boy,” which he directs. He’s also taking biopic “Gabriela” to Cannes. It centers on Chile’s 1945 Nobel laureate in literature Gabriela Mistral, played by Paulina Garcia. Argentina’s Arte Mecanica co-produces and talks are underway with Brazil’s Bananeira Filmes and France’s Dibona Films.
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- Anna Marie de la Fuente
Breaking Glass has acquired North American rights to “The Long Night of Francisco Santis,” a Cannes hit that established Argentine first-time directors Andrea Testa and Francisco Márquez as emerging talents.
Breaking Glass is planning a limited theatrical opening, followed by a VOD and DVD release in the third quarter of 2017.
“A dark journey of the soul” which makes for an “atmosphere-driven, haunting feature debut,” according to Variety, “The Long Night of Francisco Sanctis” was acquired for world sales by Berlin-based Films Boutique, a company which has carved out a reputation for backing notable first movies such as Houda Benyamina’s 2016 Camera d’Or winner “Divines.”
“The Long Night” world-premiered at Buenos Aires’ Bafici Festival, where it won best film, then segued to an appearance in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard. It has gone on to play a number of festivals – including Busan, Jerusalem and Warsaw – before holding its U.S. premiere at the Hamptons Film Festival, »
- John Hopewell
Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.
-Gravitas Ventures has secured the worldwide rights to “Folk Hero & Funny Guy,” the debut film from writer-director Jeff Grace. The comedy follows a successful singer-songwriter who helps his friend’s struggling comedy career and broken love life by hiring him as his opening act on his solo tour. “Folk Hero & Funny Guy” premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival and stars Alex Karpovsky, Wyatt Russell, Meredith Hagner, Melanie Lynskey, Hannah Simone, Heather Morris, Michael Ian Black and David Cross.
“It was impossible to resist the witty and memorable characters in Folk Hero & Funny Guy,” Nolan Gallagher, Founder and CEO of Gravitas Ventures, said in a statement. “It’s a laugh-out-loud bromance that we know will resonate with audiences near and far. »
- Graham Winfrey
Maintaining its acquisition of select upscale fest hits, Philadelphia-based Breaking Glass Pictures has picked up North American rights to “Jesus,” Fernando Guzzoni’s wrenching father-son drama-thriller which is set against a background of youth cut adrift in contemporary Chile.
Well-reviewed – Variety praised Guzzoni’s “striking” second feature – “Jesus” will have its U.S. premiere on Jan. 27 at the Neighboring Voices Series held by the Film Society of New York’s Lincoln Center.
Chilean Guzzoni established himself as a talent to track winning the San Sebastian New Directors Award with his debut, “Dog Flesh,” a portrait of a former torturer under Augusto Pinochet, suggesting old habits of violence die hard.
Exploring the anomie of much modern day youth and Chile’s generational chasm and insinuating the spinelessness of an older generation of Chileans, “Jesus” joins a Breaking Glass film roster which includes Xavier Dolan’s Cannes-winner “Laurence Anyways,” Dominican Republic-set “Sand Dollars, »
- John Hopewell
The distributor has picked up North American rights to Fernando Guzzoni’s thriller, which premiered in Toronto last autumn.
Jesús went on to screen at the San Sebastian International Film Festival and will receive its Us premiere at the Neighboring Voices Series held by the Film Society of the Lincoln Center in New York City.
Nicolás Durán stars alongside Pablo Larrain collaborator Alejandro Goic in the story of a Santiago teenager who gets involved in an incident that may tear him apart from his father, with whom he has a fraught relationship.
“Fernando Guzzoni has crafted an intense and unrelenting thriller about the strained relationship between a dysfunctional father and son, which implodes when the boy commits a heinous act and turns to his father for help,” said Richard Ross, co-president of [link »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
The Film Society of Lincoln Center
and Cinema Tropical announce
Neighboring Scenes: New Latin American CinemaJanuary 26–31: The Film Society of Lincoln Center announces the second annual Neighboring Scenes, a showcase of contemporary Latin American cinema, co-presented with Cinema Tropical
Exhibiting the breadth of styles, techniques, and approaches employed by Latin American filmmakers today, the festival highlights impressive recent productions from across the region. Featuring titles from Paraguay, Peru, and the Dominican Republic for the first time, as well as films from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Mexico, Neighboring Scenes celebrates the expanding range of contemporary Latin American filmmaking in its second edition.
“This year, we are pleased to highlight several emerging filmmakers, with many fantastic debut and second films in a range of styles — from political thriller and bleak comedy to observational documentary,” said Film Society of Lincoln Center Programmer at Large Rachael Rakes. “Furthermore, half of the works »
- Sydney Levine
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