Berlin-based sales outfit M-Appeal has swooped to add Venice Biennale College title Blanka
to its autumn market slate.Blanka
received its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival (Sept 2-12) on Saturday (Sept 5).
The feature is an Italian production shot in the Philippines by Japanese director Kohki Hasei
, and produced by Flaminio Zadra
The story follows 11-year-old Blanka
, who survives alone in Manila, begging and stealing from tourists. One day, an absurd idea pops up: if she could buy a mother, she could have a good life. But she has to make countless efforts in order to collect enough money.
An opportunity arises when she meets Peter, a 55-year-old blind street musician, who teaches Blanka
how to sing, a skill out of which she can make money.Blanka
was was produced within the Biennale College programme, an advanced training workshop for the development and production of micro-budget (€150,000) audio-visual works.
It also received