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'Rams' producers plant Sigurdsson’s 'Tree'

20 June 2016 5:38 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: New Europe Film Sales will sell the Iceland-Denmark-Poland co-production.

Iceland’s Netop Films, Denmark’s Profile Pictures and Poland’s Madants, a trio who previously collaborated on Icelandic hit Rams, are reuniting to co-produce Under The Tree, the new film from Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson, whose credits include Paris Of the North and Either Way.

The film starts shooting in Iceland on July 19 for six weeks.

The Nordisk TV & Film Fond has now confirmed backing of $156,400 (Nok 1.3m) for the $2.2m (€2m) budget. Other backers are The Icelandic Film Centre, Danish Film Institute and Polish Film Institute.

Under The Tree has been pre-sold to Sena for Icelandic distribution and to Ruv for free TV in Iceland. Scanbox has acquired Scandinavian rights. New Europe Film Sales, which also teamed with Netop on Icelandic hit Rams, will handle international sales.

“Grimar [Netop Films producer Grimar Jónsson] and I had an amazing journey with Rams, so when he approached me with a new project it was »

- wendy.mitchell@screendaily.com (Wendy Mitchell)

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New Europe scores 'One Week And A Day' sales

17 May 2016 10:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Asaph Polonsky’s black comedy has gone to Brazil and Italy.

New Europe Film Sales has scored a brace of sales on Cannes 2016 Critics’ Week selection One Week And A Day.

Brazil (Imovision) and Italy (Parthenos) have picked up the feature debut of Us-born, Israeli filmmaker Asaph Polonsky.

As previously announced, all Australian rights went to Jiff Distribution and French rights were sold to Sophie Dulac Distribution. New Europe also has further offers on the film from Us and European buyers.

Polonsky is an AFI graduate, whose graduation film Samnang was nominated for an Academy Award in 2013.

One Week And A Day tells a story of a grieving father, who finishes a week of mourning for his late son and is urged by his wife to return to their routine. He instead gets high with a young neighbour and sets out to discover there are still things in life worth living for.

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- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Cannes: Critics’ Week Film ‘One Week and a Day’ Kicks Off Sales (Exclusive)

11 May 2016 10:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jan Naszewski’s New Europe Film Sales has closed its first deals on Israeli black comedy “One Week and a Day,” which runs in Critics’ Week at the Cannes Film Festival.

The Warsaw, Poland-based sales agent has sold all rights for Australia to Jiff Distribution. French rights were sold to Sophie Dulac Distribution, as previously announced. New Europe reports strong interest in the film from U.S. and European buyers.

The film, directed by Israeli-American director Asaph Polonsky, tells the story of a grieving father who finishes the week of mourning for his late son, and is urged by his wife to return to their routine. Instead, he gets high with a young neighbor and sets out to discover that there are still things in his life worth living for.

Produced by Naomi Levari and Saar Yogev of Black Sheep Film Prods., “One Week and a Day” is a debut by Polonsky, »

- Leo Barraclough

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New Europe to sell supernatural drama 'Zoology'

10 May 2016 10:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Ivan Tverdovsky’s supernatural drama tells the story of a woman whose life turns around after she grows a tail.

Jan Naszewski’s Warsaw-based sales outlet New Europe Film Sales has picked up Ivan Tverdovsky’s supernatural drama Zoology.

The film marks Tverdovsky’s follow-up to festival favourite, Corrections Class, which won the best debut prize at Kinotavr Festival in Sochi, the East of the West Award in Karlovy Vary and four prizes in Cottbus Ff, as well as screening to acclaim at many other events.

Zoology is the story of a middle-aged zoo worker Natasha, who still lives with her mother in a small coastal town. She is stuck in a rut and it seems that life has no surprises in store for her until one day when her life turns around after she grows a tail.

The film is produced by New People Film Company (Russia), Arizona Productions (France) and MovieBrats Pictures (Germany). 

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New Europe scores 'United States Of Love', 'Aloys' sales

6 May 2016 4:18 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Both titles debuted at Berlinale where United States of Love won a Silver Bear.

Polish drama United States Of Love (Zjednoczone stany miłości) has been snapped up by a further three territories following its world premiere in Competition at the Berlin Film Festival, where it won director/writer Tomasz Wasilewski the Silver Bear for best script.

Jan Naszewski’s Warsaw-based sales company New Europe Film Sales has sold the film to Denmark (Angel), Hungary (Vertigo) and Romania (Transilvania Film) with further offers pending from German-speaking Europe.

It follows previous sales across Europe and Asia including the UK, France and South Korea during the Efm. Set in Poland in 1990 – the country’s first year of freedom following the fall of communism - the film tells a story of four women of different ages, who decide it is time to change their lives.

New Europe has also scored deals for Tobias Nölle’s Aloys, which won the »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Cannes: New Europe secures 'One Week And A Day'; scores France deal

18 April 2016 11:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Black comedy to play in competition at Critics’ Week.

New Europe Film Sales has picked up Asaph Polonsky’s black comedy One Week and a Day and sold all French rights to Sophie Dulac Distribution.

The feature debut of Us-born, Israeli filmmaker Polonsky was yesterday named as a competition title in the Critics’ Week sidebar of the Cannes Film Festival (May 11-22).

Polonsky is an AFI graduate, whose graduation film Samnang was nominated for an Academy Award in 2013.

One Week and a Day tells a story of a grieving father, who finishes a week of mourning for his late son and is urged by his wife to return to their routine. He instead gets high with a young neighbour and sets out to discover there are still things in life worth living for.

The cast of the film includes well-known Israeli actors Shai Avivi and Evgenia Dodina as the married couple and Tomer Kapon as the »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Vilnius: 'Thirst' and 'I, Olga Hepnarova' share top honour

15 April 2016 4:09 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The festival’s industry event featured 20 work-in-progress projects.

Bulgarian filmmaker Svetla Tsotsorkova’s Thirst and the Czech directorial duo Petr Kazda and Tomás Weinreb’s I, Olga Hepnarova [pictured] were declared joint winners of the Best Film in the New Europe - New Names competition at this year’s Vilnius International Film Festival (March 31 - April 14).

Speaking at the awards ceremony in the Lithuanian capital’s historic National Philharmonic Hall, International Jury member and Chilean film critic Pamela Biénzobas explained that the splitting of the top prize was “to acknowledge the diversity of cinematographic styles.”

Other awards included best acting prizes to Thirst’s Monika Naydenova and Our Everyday Life’s Uliks Fehmiu, and Best Director to Poland’s Agnieszka Smoczynska for her feature debut The Lure.

Meanwhile, the Best Film honour in the Baltic Gaze competition was won this year by Vitaly Mansky’s documentary Under The Sun ahead of such titles as Tomasz Wasilewski’s United »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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Vilnius: 'Thirst' and 'I, Olga Hepnerova' share top honour

15 April 2016 4:09 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The festival’s industry event featured 20 work-in-progress projects.

Bulgarian filmmaker Svetla Tsotsorkova’s Thirst and the Czech directorial duo Petr Kazda and Tomás Weinreb’s I, Olga Hepnarova [pictured] were declared joint winners of the Best Film in the New Europe - New Names competition at this year’s Vilnius International Film Festival (March 31 - April 14).

Speaking at the awards ceremony in the Lithuanian capital’s historic National Philharmonic Hall, International Jury member and Chilean film critic Pamela Biénzobas explained that the splitting of the top prize was “to acknowledge the diversity of cinematographic styles.”

Other awards included best acting prizes to Thirst’s Monika Naydenova and Our Everyday Life’s Uliks Fehmiu, and Best Director to Poland’s Agnieszka Smoczynska for her feature debut The Lure.

Meanwhile, the Best Film honour in the Baltic Gaze competition was won this year by Vitaly Mansky’s documentary Under The Sun ahead of such titles as Tomasz Wasilewski’s United »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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Winter Rights Roundup 2015-2016: Sundance and Berlin

5 April 2016 9:07 AM, PDT | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

The Rights Roundup is the most comprehensive listing of licensing of film rights at the current markets. It lists the current International Sales Agents (ISAs) alphabetically, A through Z, and their reported sales at the chief winter events – in this case the Sundance Film Festival and the Berlinale Fest and European Film Market (Efm) of the Winter 2016.

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The international sales agents (ISAs) are listed alphabetically and the sales are those reported to SydneysBuzz or to other trades. The author makes no claim to be comprehensive or even 100% correct. Titles show which distributors have licensed rights along with territories of the distributors as they are reported. When prices have been mentioned, they are included.

In order to assist professional research when more information is needed, international sales agents and distributors link to their own company websites and include links as well to Cinando and IMDbPro. Titles link to Cinando. If Cinando is not appropriate or does not have the title, then titles will link to IMDbPro. Occasionally they will link to the Festival because the former are not available. Subscriptions to these other databases are required.

Cineuropa.org (free) will also be referenced occasionally as will Film New Europe (free). Subscribers to Screen International will also have access to Screenbase. In theory, all of these online databases list comprehensive rights held by distributors though, in fact, each in its own unique way is missing information or contains errors.

The Efm, Sundance and Winter Rights Roundup

The European Film Market is one of the three major international film markets of the world. Without it, we in the film industry would be sitting on a two-legged stool. Along with the Cannes Marche and the American Film Market, this is where the business which supports all of us in the film business takes place. Of course there are important markets in Hong Kong (Filmart), Busan, Ventana Sur in Buenos Aires, Guadalajara, and de facto markets at many festivals, chief of which are Toronto (Tiff) and Sundance. Acquisitions there are often included in these reports as well.

It is imperative for filmmakers, buyers, sellers and financiers to know what the competition is doing, to see what films – similar in sensibility – are selling, to whom they are selling and who is selling them. All who must intelligently strategize their entry into the marketplace must come armed with this knowledge. SydneysBuzz.com’s Rights Roundups Reports give detailed and comprehensive listings with links to sellers’ and buyers’ sites and to Cinando and IMDbPro sites to facilitate deeper research.

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- Sydney Levine

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'Sparrows' scoops Prague Grand Prix

29 March 2016 3:37 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Prague International Film Festival’s primary award went to Iceland for the second year running.

Rúnar Rúnarsson’s Sparrows was awarded the Grand Prix in the New Europe Competition at this year’s Prague International Film Festival - Febiofest which closed with the Czech premiere of Dexter Fletcher’s Eddie The Eagle.

Rúnarsson’s sensitive coming of age story is the second Icelandic film in a row to receive the top honour in Prague after Baldvin Zophoniasson’s Life In A Fishbowl took the Grand Prix home in 2015.

Amnesty International Award

Febiofest’s 23rd edition also saw the launching of a new prize, the Amnesty International Febiofest Award.

A jury consisting of the actress Martha Issová, the director of Amnesty International Czech Republic, Mark Martin, and the former Rotterdam programmer Gertjan Zuilhof selected Carlos Tribino Mamby’s The Silence Of The River from a line-up including Mustang, Nahid and Strange Heaven.

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- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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Berlin winner 'United States Of Love' sold to UK, France

23 February 2016 10:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: New Europe Film Sales also secures deals for Italy and Brazil.

Polish drama United States Of Love (Zjednoczone stany miłości) has been snapped up by four major territories following its world premiere in Competition at the Berlin Film Festival, where it won director/writer Tomasz Wasilewski the Silver Bear for best script.

Jan Naszewski’s Warsaw-based sales outlet New Europe Film Sales has sold the film to the UK (Matchbox), France (Sophie Dulac Distribution), Italy (Cinema Slr) and Brazil (Imovision).

This adds to previous deals secured for Spain (Golem), Greece (Strada), Ex-Yugoslava (McS), Benelux (Contact), Sweden (Triart), Portugal (Films4You), South Korea (Brandon Young Ent.), Turkey (Bir), Switzerland (Xenix), Bulgaria (Bulgaria Film Vision) and Taiwan (Flash Forward).

Set in Poland in 1990 – the country’s first year of freedom following the fall of communism - the film tells a story of four women of different ages, who decide it is time to change their lives.

It marks the »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Berlin: 'Aloys' sold to Taiwan, Benelux

17 February 2016 2:32 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Swiss drama received world premiere at Berlinale.

Tobias Nölle’s Aloys, which received its world premiere in Berlinale’s Panorama strand on Saturday (Feb 13), has scored a brace of distribution deals.

Jan Naszewski’s Warsaw-based sales outlet New Europe Film Sales has sold the film to Taiwan (Flash Forward) and Benelux (Contact). The Swiss distributor is Outside the Box.

Austria’s Georg Friedrich (The Piano Player, Faust) stars as a lonely private investigator who is contacted by a mysterious woman. She pulls him into a mind game known as ‘telephone walking’. Fascinated by her voice, he discovers an imaginary universe that allows him to break out of his isolation.

Cast also includes Tilde von Overbeck, Kamil Krejci, Yufei Lee and Koi Lee.

First-time director Nölle, who studied film at NYC’s School of Visual Arts, previously completed the award winning short Rene in 2008, which won multiple awards on the international festival circuit including a Golden Leopard »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Berlin Competition title 'United States Of Love' scores sales

14 February 2016 9:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: New Europe Film Sales secures hat-trick of deals for Polish Competition title.

Polish drama United States Of Love has secured a hat-trick of deals ahead of its world premiere in Competition at the Berlin Film Festival on Friday (Feb 18).

Jan Naszewski’s Warsaw-based sales outlet New Europe Film Sales has sold the film to Greece (Strada), Spain (Golem) and ex-Yugoslavia (McF).

Naszewski confirmed there were further offers on the table from UK, France, Switzerland, Benelux.

Set in Poland in 1990 – the country’s first year of freedom following the fall of communism - the film tells a story of four women of different ages, who decide it is time to change their lives.

It marks the third feature of director Tomasz Wasilewski after In A Bedroom (2012) and Floating Skyscrapers (2013). The latter received its world premiere at Tribeca Film Festival and won the East of the West debut competition at Karlovy Vary.

The director »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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New Europe acquires Berlinale Competition title ‘United States of Love’

11 January 2016 10:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Polish drama directed by Floating Skyscapers filmmaker Tomasz Wasilewski.

United States of Love, a Polish drama that has been selected to play in Competition at the Berlinale (Feb 11-21), has been acquired by Jan Naszewski’s Warsaw-based sales outlet New Europe Film Sales

Set in Poland in 1990 – the country’s first year of freedom following the fall of communism - the film tells a story of four women of different ages, who decide it is time to change their lives.

It marks the third feature of director Tomasz Wasilewski after In The Bedroom (2012) and Floating Skyscrapers (2013). The latter received its world premiere at Tribeca Film Festival and won the East of the West debut competition at Karlovy Vary.

The director of photography is is Oleg Mutu, known for his work on In the Fog, In Bloom and 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days.

United States of Love is a Polish-Swedish co-production of Manana, Commonground Pictures »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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