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Sundance: Elephant Dramedy ‘Pop Aye’ Sells for North America (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - 23 January 2017

Kino Lorber has acquired all North American rights to the elephant dramedy “Pop Aye,” following the film’s world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in the World Dramatic section.

Set in Thailand, “Pop Aye” tells the story of an over-the-hill architect and his attempt to take his long-lost elephant back to their rural hometown. Written and directed by Singaporean writer-director Kirsten Tan, “Pop Aye” was the opening night film in the World Dramatic section on Jan. 19.


Singapore’s Maiden Sundance Selection ‘Pop Aye’ Picked Up by Cercamon

Variety - 2 December 2016

After a busy year, Singapore film making is now additionally celebrating the selection of "Pop Aye" as the opening movie in the 2017 Sundance Film Festival's World Cinema Dramatic Competition section.

The road trip drama is the first feature by Tan and the first time that a Singapore film has found such a prominent position in Sundance.

It has also secured international sales representation through Cercamon. The Dubai-based sales agency was established last year by Sebastien Chesneau, former sales head at Rezo Films International.

The film’s selection comes after a banner year that included the selection of Boo Junfeng’s Apprentice and K Rajagopal’s “A Yellow Bird” for slots in different sections of the Cannes festival.

Production is by Lai Wenjie at E&W Films and executive production by Giraffe Pictures. Giraffe is the production label of director Anthony Chen, who won the Camera d’Or at Cannes in 2013 with “Ilo Ilo.”


Hungarian Drama “It's Not the Time of My Life” Wins The Crystal Globe

Karlovy Vary Int'l Film Festival - 9 July 2016

The Hungarian feature film It's Not the Time of My Life, shot by the director Szabolcs Hajdu in his own home with the members of his own family and his friends, was awarded the Crystal Globe for the Best Feature Film and the prize of USD 25 thousand at the 51st Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. Hajdu also received the Best Actor Award for his family drama.

The Special Jury Prize was granted to an unusual romance Zoology by Russian director Ivan Tverdovskiy, about a woman who has grown a tail. Slovenian director Damjan Kozole received the Best Director Award at the honorary ceremony for his drama about fear Nightlife. Both the Czech co-production feature films included in the Competition succeeded, too. Zuzana Mauréry received the Best Actress Award for the film The Teacher by Jan Hřebejk and the last feature film by the late Jan Němec, The Wolf from Royal Vineyard Street, received a Special Mention; another Special Mention was granted to Romanian-Swedish drama By the Rails.


By the Rails: No simple answers in matters of the heart

Cineuropa - 8 July 2016

Romanian auteur Cătălin Mitulescu brings his third feature film to the Karlovy Vary competition

 

Cătălin Mitulescu's third feature film, By the Rails [+], has world-premiered in Karlovy Vary's competition. It is the story of a married couple who have been separated for one year, and during this period, a lot seems to have changed. They spend one night trying to figure out where each of them stands and how they will deal with the future.(...)

 

There are no simple answers in these matters, however inclined we are to believe that "love is all you need". Mitulescu's new film represents another example of this, and while it will not provide any guidelines, it does set up a credible situation. 

 

By the Rails is a co-production by Romania's Strada Film, and Sweden's Film Väst and The Chimney Pot. The world sales are handled by Cercamon.


INTERVIEW CINEUROPA WITH CATALIN MITULESCU IN KARLOVY VARY INT'L FILM FESTIVAL

Cineuropa - 5 July 2016

Written and directed by Cătălin Mitulescu, By the Rails is a co-production between Romania, Italy and Sweden, screened in competition at this year's Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. The film follows the story of Adrian, who leaves his wife and son temporarily to improve the family’s living conditions by working in Italy. However, upon his return, Monica and their son are behaving so differently that Adrian can barely recognise them. The couple then begin trying to clear up the misunderstanding between them and rekindle the sparks in their relationship. We met up with Mitulescu at the festival to talk about the film: <http://cineuropa.org/vd.aspx?t=video&l=en&did=312545>


Netflix Snaps Up Camera d’Or Winner ‘Divines,’ Cannes-Competing ‘Aquarius’

Variety - 7 June 2016

CANNES — Netflix has acquired Houda Benyamina’s Camera d’Or winning directorial debut “Divines” and rising Brazilian helmer Kleber Mendonça Filho’s critically acclaimed sophomore outing “Aquarius.” (...)

 

Netflix has also acquired Sacha Wolff’s “Mercenary,” which world-premiered at Directors’ Fortnight. The film, sold by Brussels-based Be for Films, tells the story of Soane, a young man of Wallisian origin from New Caledonia, who defies his father’s authority to go and play rugby in France.

 

Other Netflix acquisitions include Jesper Nielsen’s “The Day Will Come” (sold by TrustNordisk), a 1960s-set Danish drama penned by “The Killing” writer Søren Sveistrup, about two brothers on a mission to escape a boys’ home, and Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya’s directorial debut “Very Big Shot,” a Lebanese comedy about two brothers who run a small drug-dealing business out of their takeout pizzeria in one of Beirut’s working-class districts.

 

Netflix has also picked up Anurag Kashyap’s Directors’ Fortnight player “Raman Raghav 2.0” (sold by Stray Dogs), about a serial killer fascinated by a 1960s psychopath and a policeman who wage a merciless battle against each other, and Sébastien Betbeder’s French comedy “Journey to Greenland” (sold by Cercamon), about a pair of of thirty-something struggling actors from Paris who decide to fly away to Kullorsuaq, a remote village in Greenland.


Cercamon World Sales Acquires By the Rails

Film New Europe - 2 June 2016

BUCHAREST: Cătălin Mitulescu's romantic comedy By the Rails / Dincolo de calea ferată has been acquired by the sales agent Cercamon World Sales.

By the Rails was recently selected for the main competition of the 51th edition of Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (1-9 July 2016). The film is a Romanian/Italian/Swedish coproduction between Strada Film, Apapaja, Film I Väst, The Chimney Pot and Digital Cube.

The third feature film by the winner of Palme d'Or for short film (Traffic) in 2004 is a love story between a young Romanian (Alexandru Potocean) working abroad and his estranged wife (Ada Condeescu). The man comes home to understand what's going on and spends an eventful night trying to figure out how to save his marriage.

Metropolis Film released the film in Romania on 22 April 2016.


Zrinko Ogresta’s On The Other Side and Aslı Özge’s All Of A Sudden receive special mentions.

Screen International - 19 February 2016

The First, The Last' wins Berlin Europa Cinemas Label

Zrinko Ogresta’s On The Other Side and Aslı Özge’s All Of A Sudden receive special mentions.

 

Bouli Lanners’ crime caper The First, The Last (Les Premiers Les Derniers) has been awarded the 2016 Belin Europa Cinemas Label as best European film in the Berlinale’s Panorama strand. Europa Cinemas, a network of 977 cinemas in 42 European countries, will now assist the film’s distribution with promotional support and through the offering of a financial incentive for cinemas that are part of the Europa network to screen the film. A co-production between Belgian outfit Versus Production and French company ADCB Films, The First, The Last follows two bounty hunters (played by Albert Dupontel and Bouli Lanners) who search for a lost phone in the French countryside. The film also features cameos from Michael Ironside and Max von Sydow. A jury statement read: “The First, The Last is a quirky arthouse delight, warm-hearted but with darker moments too. The film looks great, has a strong script and impressive performances with characters that really develop.” International sales are handled by Wild Bunch.

 

The jury also commended Zrinko Ogresta’s On The Other Side and Aslı Özge’s All Of A Sudden. Europa Cinemas is supported by the European Commission’s MEDIA programme, CNC and Eurimages.


'On The Other Side': Berlin Review

Screen International - 14 February 2016

Dir/scr. Zrinko Ogresta. Croatia / Serbia 2016, 85 min

 

The perils of the past keep echoing through the cinema of the present, and On the Other Side is the latest film to contemplate the contemporary consequences of historical conflict. In Croatian filmmaker Zrinko Ogresta’s seventh feature, a Bosnian war survivor reluctantly reconnects with the man who forced her to fear for her safety, flee her home, and forge a new life. That he happens to be her husband significantly complicates matters.

 

Ogresta doesn’t just make her characters confront their multifaceted situation, but, almost by stealth, makes the viewers face the many sides to every story as well.

 

At face value, the newest addition to Ogresta’s resume — joining the likes of European Film Award nominee Fragments and Karlovy Vary special jury prize winner Tu — recalls another recent effort involving a wife wronged in war-torn times, Christian Petzold’s Phoenix. On the Other Side also shares that film’s struggle with forgiveness and search for normality, understanding how long-held affection can resurface even after acts of violence or betrayal. After premiering in Berlin’s Panorama section, this Croatian-Serbian production may similarly mirror its German predecessor’s warm international reception, particularly on the festival circuit. (...)


Croatian Oscar Contender 'The High Sun' Nabs Honors in Minsk

Hollywood Reporter - 16 November 2015

The film has picked up 18 awards and three international nominations since its Cannes premiere last May.

Croatia's contender for the best foreign language Oscar, Dalibor Matanic's The High Sun, won prizes for best director and cinematography at the 21st edition of the Minsk International Film Festival "Listapad." The fest closed Friday in the Belarusian capital.

The film chronicles three stories of forbidden love spanning three different decades following the end of the bitter Yugoslav civil war in the 1990s.

It has picked up 18 festival awards and three international nominations since it premiered in Cannes sidebar Un Certain Regard last May (...)


FNE at IFF Bratislava: Family Film Screens in Bratislava Competition

FNE - 10 November 2015

BRATISLAVA: Fresh off its best actor award at the Cottbus Film Festival, Olmo Omerzu’s Family Film will represent Slovakia at the 17th Bratislava IFF which runs 12-17 November 2015.

The Macedonia/Kosovo coproduction Three Days in September, which also had a slot in the Cottbus competition, and Sparrows, a coproduction from Iceland, Denmark and Croatia, round out the CEE section of the feature film competition. Nine films have been selected for the main competition.

The documentary competition consisting of eight films includes two CEE films that have been getting attention: Chuck Norris vs Communism (UK/Romania/Germany, 4 Proof Film) directed by Ilinca Calugareanu; and Flotel Europa (Denmark/Serbia) directed by Vladimir Tomić. Slovakia gets its own spotlight once again with the Made in Slovakia section, consisting primarily of shorter films from Slovak directors. Slovak actress Emilia Vasaryova is the recipient of the festival’s special tribute evening.


Croatia big winner in Cottbus; Iceland to the fore in Lübeck

Screendaily- 09 November 2015

Dalibor Matanić’s The High Sun wins hat trick at Cottbus.


Croatia was the big winner at the 25th edition of FilmFestival Cottbus (Nov 3-8) with Dalibor Matanić’s The High Sun taking home three awards, including the Main Prize and FIPRESCI Prize.

The €25,000 Main Prize was shared equally between Matanić and his producer Ankica Jurić Tilić for the Croatian-Slovenian-Serbian co-production which had its world premiere in Cannes.


The film’s actress Tihana Lazović was in Cottbus to accept the Main Prize on behalf of Matanić and Tilić, and subsequently picked up the €5,000 Special Prize for Best Actress for her portrayal of three women in three consecutive decades.


FNE at Cottbus Film Festival: The High Sun Shines at Cottbus

FNE - 09 November 2015

COTTBUS: In the heart of the only remaining Slavic region of Germany lies Cottbus, where for 25 years the Cottbus Film Festival has been keeping its Soviet-era ties alive, much as the city holds on to its Slavic past. This year, after forays into the concept of a “global East,” the festival returned to its Central European roots, with a bevy of award-winners that reflected both the cinematic diversity and the growing cooperation throughout the region.


Croatia, Slovenia, Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic figured prominently not only in the selection of films in the competition, but also at the awards ceremony which took place on 7 November 2015. The standout was The High Sun, a coproduction from Croatia, Slovenia and Serbia directed by Dalibor Matanic. The film won the best film award, best actress for Tihana Lazovic, and the FIPRESCI prize.


Croatian Oscar Entry 'The High Sun' Wins Top Prize at Cottbus Fest

Hollywood Reporter - 8 November, 2015

Dalibor Matanic's movie took the $27,000 prize at Germany's Festival of Eastern European Film.

Croatia's Oscar entry (for best foreign-language film feature), Dalibor Matanic's The High Sun, won the top prize of 25,000 Euros ($27,000) at the Cottbus Festival of Eastern European Film Saturday night.


The award totaled almost a third of the $82,000 prize purse at the 25th edition of the eastern German festival that attracts a strong industry attendance from its region.

Actress Tihana Lazovic - who also won 5,000 Euros ($5,370) for her performance in the film - accepted the festival's main prize on behalf of Matanic and producer, Ankica Juric Tilic, who share the cash award equally.


Juror, Visar Morino, noted that the fact that all members of the jury were film directors meant opinions were often "extremely divergent" but "in the end we understood each other, even though we did not always share the same view."


FAMILY FILM WINS BEST ARTISTIC CONTRIBUTION AT TOKYO FILM FESTIVAL (in artICLE 'Brazilian Drama ‘Nise’ Wins Tokyo Festival Grand Prix')

Variety - 31 October, 2015

Nise — The Heart of Madness,” Brazilian director Roberto Berliner’s biopic about a crusading woman doctor in a Rio psychiatric hospital, was awarded the Tokyo Grand Prix on Saturday.

Prizes were handed out at the closing ceremony of the 28th Tokyo International Film Festival (Oct. 22-31) at multiple venues around the Japanese capital. (...) The award for best artistic contribution was given to Olmo Omerzu’s “Family Film” and the audience award to Edoardo Falcone’s “God Willing.”

Competition jury head Bryan Singer apologized for his hoarse voice, saying that he had strained it “screaming at the other jury members for hours,” but quickly added that they were “brilliant people” who had “come to a mutual commonality” about the winners. “I wish we had more awards to give out,” he said, in praising the 16 competition entries.

In the Japanese cinema splash section for independent Japanese films, the winner was Hiroshi Shoji’s drug pusher drama “Ken and Kazu.”

In the Asian Future section for films by up-and-coming Asian directors, the best Asian future award went to Pimpaka Towira’s woman-on-a-journey drama “The Island Funeral.”

TIFF organizers reported total admissions of 63,700 for the 10-day, 207-film festival, while attendance at the TIFFCOM contents market and allied events was 240,000.  Total attendance for the Red Carpet and other TIFF official events was 146,000.


San Sebastian Film Review: ‘Family Film’

Variety - 25 September, 2015

Olmo Omerzu's intriguing second feature is a dry, droll, unexpectedly dog-driven dissection of a domestic crisis.

 

Fun and games for all the family take a mordant turn in “Family Film,” a story of parental negligence and youthful irresponsibility that young and old might prefer to watch in separate rooms. Irony-attuned audiences, however, will find plenty to enjoy in this elegant, darkly unpredictable fusion of ashen black comedy and urgent domestic drama, in which a standard home-alone setup degenerates into a tense worst-case scenario from every perspective — even that of the family border collie. The plucky pup’s own dramatic arc is the most beguiling of many curiosities in Slovenian director Olmo Omerzu’s perverse but poignant second feature, which should turn a number of unrelated heads on the festival circuit — among them, distributors with a taste for straight-faced eccentricity. Don’t hold your breath for a Disney remake.


'Family Film' ('Rodinny Film'): San Sebastian Review

Hollywood Reporter - 24 September, 2015

Prague-based Slovenian director Olmo Omerzu's debut full-length feature competes for the lucrative New Directors prize at the Spanish festival.

 

Slovenian writer-director Olmo Omerzu continues his methodical progress towards the European art-cinema big leagues with debut feature Family Film (Rodinny film), which thankfully proves much more stimulating than its blandly generic title. A structurally ambitious study of a well-heeled Czech household's human and canine members which takes surprising geographical and thematic detours, it premiered in San Sebastian's New Directors competition and could plausibly scoop the section´s $55,000 pot. Further festival play is a given for this Czech-German-French-Slovenian-Slovakian co-production, which among other achievements showcases a highly promising young actress in the form of Elisa Krenkova.


Oscars: Kazakhstan, Croatia Select Academy Award Entries

Variety - 28 August, 2015

Kazakhstan and Croatia have added their entries for this year’s foreign-language film Oscar. Yermek Tursunov’s “Stranger” will represent Kazakhstan, while Dalibor Matanic’s “The High Sun” will represent Croatia.

 

(...) “The High Sun” saw its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May in Un Certain Regard, where it was awarded the Jury Prize. The drama tells three different love stories, set in three consecutive decades in two neighboring Balkan villages, burdened with a long-history of inter-ethnic hatred.

 

 

The film was produced by Kinorama in co-production with Slovenia’s Gustav Film and in association with Serbia’s SEE Film Pro. It was selected as Croatia’s Oscar entry by a committee of 15 members of the Croatian Society of Film Workers, selecting from amongst seven films.

 

 

The five films nominated for the foreign-language film Oscar will be revealed on Jan. 14. The Oscar awards ceremony will take place on Feb. 28.


Oscars: Croatia Selects 'The High Sun' for Foreign-Language Category

The Hollywood Reporter - 26 August, 2015

'The High Sun'

Dalibor Matanic's film premiered in Un Certain Regard at Cannes, where it won the jury prize.


Croatian filmmakers have chosen Dalibor Matanic's The High Sun as the country's nomination for the best foreign-language film Oscar.


The High Sun, which focuses on three different love stories, set in three consecutive decades in two neighboring villages, premiered this year in Un Certain Regard at Cannes, where it won the jury prize.


A compassionate look at the recent history of war-torn Yugoslavia seen through the lens of the love stories, the film stars talented young actors Goran Markovic and Tihana Lazovic as war-crossed lovers.


Wednesday's nomination was made by the Filmmakers Association of Croatia, which draws a committee of 15 members from across the profession, including actors, directors, producers, editors and others.


The film, which won best director and a host of other awards last month at the Pula Film Festival, beat six other contenders to win the national Oscar nomination.


The High Sun was produced by Kinorama, and Cercamon is handling international sales.


'The High Sun' wins prize at Sarajevo Film Festival

Screendaily - 22 August, 2015


The 21st Sarajevo Film Festival (Aug 14-22) announced the winners of the partner awards at a ceremony last night (Aug 21).

Dalibor Matanić’s The High Sun (Zvizdan), which premiered at Cannes in Un Certain Regard (where it won the Jury Prize), received the CICAE Award from the jury comprising Kevin De Ridder and Silvia Bahl.

The Croatian drama comes from Zagreb-born writer-director Matanić, best known for his 2002 feature Fine Dead Girls, andis about forbidden love across national borders - a tale that starts just before the Balkan war in 1991 and travels through to 2011.


HIGH SUN, Winner of the Grand Golden Arena for Best Film @ 62nd Pula film festival

25 July, 2015

Winner of the Grand Golden Arena for Best Film at the 62nd Pula Film Festival is The High Sun, directed by Dalibor Matanic. The film is produced by Kinorama and Ankica Juric Tilic. The High Sun also won the Golden Arena for Best Director, Best Actress (Tihana Lazovic), Best Supporting Actress (Nives Ivankovic), Best Supporting Actor (Dado Cosic) and Best Costume Design (Ana Savic Gecan). Along with six Arenas, The High Sun also won the Octavian, awarded by the Croatian Society of Film Critics.


Cannes: ‘High sun’ wins Un Certain Regard Jury prize

Screendaily - 23 May, 2015

The Jury Prize went to The High Sun (Zvizdan), a Croatian drama from Dalibor Matanic.

The Zagreb-born writer-director is best known for his 2002 feature Fine Dead Girls but has also had two shorts in Cannes: Drought (2003) in Directors’ Fortnight and Party in Critics’ Week (2009).

The High Sun is about forbidden love across national borders - a tale that starts just before the Balkan war in 1991 and travels through to 2011. Cercamon handles sales.


Cannes Film Review: ‘The High Sun’

Variety - 17 May, 2015

Visuals offer multiple rewards that transcend the formula.

Ingrained Serbo-Croat hatreds cause ongoing pain across three decades and three storylines in Dalibor Matanic’s strongest film to date, “The High Sun.” Using the same talented actors to represent different characters in the trio of narratives, the helmer engages with love across ethnic divides, from doomed to traumatized to hesitantly optimistic. For international cinephiles, the main selling point will be the filmmaking: It’s handsomely mounted and expertly edited, offering rewards quite apart from the too cliched but well-meaning script. “Sun” could become Matanic’s most popular film at home, provided local auds don’t stay away from war-themed topics; limited Euro theatrical exposure is also likely after fest play.


Chesneau embarks on search for quality indies with Cercamon

Screendaily - 15 May, 2015

EXCLUSIVE: Ex-Rezo sales chief unveils eclectic international slate.

 

Sebastien Chesneau has launched new sales company Cercamon aimed at quality independent titles from across the world.

 

It debut Cannes slate comprises Dalibor Matanic’s Un Certain Regard screener The High Sun as well as Tim Blake Nelson’s Tribeca title Anesthesia, Tom Roberts’ Every Last Child, Peter Sattler’s Camp X-Ray and Olmo Omerzu’s Family Film.

“Cercamon means world searcher in Occitan,” says the former Rezo Films International sales chief, referring to a Romance language spoken in Southern France.

 

“We plan to handle around eight films a year, 50% English-speaking films and 50% art-house films selected in A-list festivals,” said the sales veteran, who is based in Dubai, having moved there from Paris last year.

Full article here : <http://www.screendaily.com/festivals/cannes-news/chesneau-embarks-on-search-for-quality-indies-with-cercamon/5088089.article>


'Anesthesia': Review

Screendaily - 23 April, 2015

Lives of New Yorkers intersect around the brutal stabbing of a professor on the street in Anesthesia, written and directed by Tim Blake Nelson. This finely acted, tender, drama is one of the surprises of the Tribeca Film Festival.



The High Sun selected IN OFFICIAL SELECTION at the 68TH CANNES FILM FESTIVAL

16 April, 2015

Cercamon's feature film The High Sun directed by Dalibor Matanic, and produced by Kinorama, was included in the official selection program "Un Certain Regard" of the 68th Cannes Film Festival. The High Sun is the first Croatian feature film from the Croatian independence which was invited to participate in the Official Selection at Cannes. This year's program's jury will be presided by the actress and director Isabella Rossellini.


Zeitgeist Films Will Release Timely ‘Every Last Child’ Docu In U.S. Cinemas (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - 9 April, 2015

Zeitgeist Films Will Release Timely 'Every

New York-based specialty distributor Zeitgeist Films will give a U.S. theatrical release to pluriprized U.K. director Tom Roberts’ timely Pakistan-set docu “Every Last Child,” which examines efforts to fight the polio epidemic in Pakistan, where the Taliban have imposed a ban on the vaccine.


Film Review: ‘Every Last Child’

Variety - 2 January, 2015

An affecting look at those battling the Taliban's murderous anti-vaccination campaign in Pakistan.

In Tom Roberts’ timely Pakistan-set documentary “Every Last Child,” courageous volunteers, the World Health Organization and local police join forces to combat the Taliban’s murderous opposition to polio immunization — a problem that has led to a serious resurgence of the incurable disease that threatens to go global. Roberts examines the situation through the different perspectives of a polio-crippled beggar, the father of an afflicted toddler, a key WHO official and a family of vaccinators. Ali Faisal Zaidi’s vibrant lensing unites these disparate elements, vividly foregrounding the country and its at-risk children, and extending the film’s appeal beyond the merely informational.