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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.
– Gunpowder & Sky Distribution has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to April Mullen’s “Below Her Mouth.” Shot entirely with a female crew, the film tells the story of an unexpected romance between two women whose passionate connection changes their lives forever.
The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival 2016, and it went on to screen at Festival du Nouveau Cinema, Mar Del Plata International Film Festival, and Goteborg Film Festival. It will also play at BFI Flare: London’s Lgbt festival in March.
Gunpowder & Sky Distribution will release the film on April 28, 2017, theatrically and across all major On Demand platforms, including iTunes, Amazon Video, Google Play, Microsoft Movies & TV, Verizon FiOS, and DirecTV. »
- Kate Erbland
Guadalajara, Mexico — Chilean Patricio Guzman’s “Cordillera,” Dolores Fonzi-starrer “The White Devil” and “Nudo Mixteco,” a women’s drama produced by Lucia Carreras, are among projects to be pitched at an expanded 13th Guadalajara Co-Production Meeting, which runs March 12-14 at the Mexican Festival.
Produced by Chile’s Alexandra Galvis and Renate Sachse in Paris and directed by Guzman, the doyen of Latin American documentary filmmakers, “Cordillera” marks the final part of a documentary trilogy begun by 2010’s “Nostalgia For the Light” and continued with “The Pearl Button,” a best screenplay winner at the 2015 Berlin Festival.
In it, Guzman sets out to explore the Andes, a “wall which separates us [Chileans] from the world” and a mountain range which “contains the history of all mankind,” Guzman has said.
A fiction feature, “Nudo Mixteco” turns on immigration and, above all three indigenous women’s doubts and fears as they battle for »
- John Hopewell
Gunpowder & Sky Distribution has acquired the U.S. rights to romance “Below Her Mouth,” and is planning an April 28 release in theaters and on VOD, Variety has learned exclusively.
Shot with an entirely female crew, the film tells the story of an unexpected romance between two women whose passionate connection changes their lives forever. “Below Her Mouth” stars Natalie Krill and Erika Linder. Krill plays a successful fashion editor living with her fiancé, played by Sebastian Pigott, who meets a roofer who pursues her.
April Mullen directed from a script by Stephanie Fabrizi. The movie is a Serendipity Point production in association with Distant Horizon. It’s produced by Melissa Coghlan, shot by Maya Bankovic, edited by Michelle Szemberg and scored with music composed by Noia.
The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September and went on to screen at the Festival du Nouveau Cinema, »
- Dave McNary
Leading curated streaming platform Mubi has announced today the launch of its brand new “Discoveries” series, featuring new films each month that have been hand-picked straight from the international film festival circuit, streaming exclusively on Mubi. The new series is intended to spotlight the work of acclaimed and established directors as well as some of the most talented emerging filmmakers from around the world.
Of the new series, Mubi’s Director of Content Daniel Kasman commented, “Countless wonderful and inspiring films made all over the world are seen only at select film festivals, unfairly left undistributed and inaccessible to most audiences. So it is with great pleasure that we’re launching Mubi’s Discoveries series, a programming initiative through which we will introduce these essential, previously unavailable but extraordinary works of international cinema to the largest possible audience.”
- Kate Erbland
Situated at the windy seaside of the Argentinian port city and resort destination, the Mar del Plata Film Festival is rare in its aversion to trends and commercially driven programming. Selection is motivated not by industry concerns but rather genuine cinephilia, impressively supported by a devout and adventurous local audience. Programmers give generous, enthusiastic introductions, and there’s a vibe of sincerity guiding the proceedings. Taking place in November — springtime in the country — the fest has the luxury of assembling the best films of the year, but it’s hardly an automated “festival of festivals,” featuring plenty of bold, unusual films alongside expected […] »
- Adam Cook
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