8. Februar 2021

VARIETY: Rotterdam Competition Contender ‘Destello Bravio’ Picked Up by Patra Spanou Film

Feb 7, 2021
By Emilio Mayorga

Boutique German sales agent Patra Spanou Film has pounced on “Destello Bravío,” acquiring international sales rights to the feature debut of Spain’s Ainhoa Rodríguez’s film, which screened this week in main competition at the Rotterdam Film Festival.

“Destello Bravío” is produced by Rodríguez’s Tentación Cabiria, based out of Extremadura in southwest Spain, in co-production with Eddie Saeta, the Barcelona-based company of Luis Miñarro, one of Spain’s most internationally renowned arthouse producer-directors whose credits include 2011 Rotterdam Tiger Award winner “Finisterrae,” directed by Sergio Caballero, and the Miñarro-directed “Stella Cadente,” which world premiered at Rotterdam in 2014.

“Destello Bravío” depicts a group of mainly female characters in a small country town in southwest Spain. The feature captures the sentiments of these women, as the town is drained of its population, and their intense desire for liberating experiences.

“I was impressed by the skills of the director; in every single frame of her film you can see that she knows exactly what she wants in both form and content,” Spanou told Variety, adding that “the representation of this kind of community can be applied to every rural area of the world. This, along with the director’s special approach to gender issues, makes the film interesting for audiences around the world.”

Featuring a non-professional cast and making use of often fixed-camera set ups and a calculated mise-en-scène, the composed feature is laced with touches of suspense, rural surrealism, social realism and Almodovar-style humor.

“This is a very independent film which is close to our hearts and a long time in the works, so we thought that its international sales should be carried out by an independent agent who will treat the film as her most important title, creating a close and trusting relationship with me and setting reasonable conditions,” Rodríguez told Variety.

Spanou has managed sales of fiction and documentary titles for more than 15 years. Her catalog includes films such as Cristiane Oliviera’s “The First Death of Joana,” Eugen Jebeleanu’s “Poppy Field,” and from Spain, Xacio Baño’s “Trot” and Elena Martín’s “Júlia Ist.”

Announced to Variety, Rodriguez’s next project will be a kind of “a Western set in ‘80s Spain depicting the universe of child fantasy that surrounded me as a girl,” the director said.

30. November 2020

POPPY FIELD wins in Torino and Gijon

Conrad Mericoffer the main actor of POPPY FIELD was awarded twice last weekend. In Torino Film Fests and in Gijon IFF, where POPPY FIELD participated in the main competitions, the actor convinces both juries and receives the Best Actor award.

11. November 2020

VARIETY: Missing Films Acquires POPPY FIELD in Germany Ahead of Black Nights Premiere

Nov 6th, 2020
By Leo Barraclough

Eugen Jebeleanu’s debut feature “Poppy Field” has been sold to Missing Films for distribution in German-speaking territories ahead of its world premiere at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival.

The film follows the struggles of a young Romanian policeman Cristi over 24 hours as he tries to find the balance between two parts of his identity: that of a policeman working in a macho environment and that of a closeted gay person.

During a visit by his boyfriend, Hadi, with whom he is involved in a long-distance relationship, Cristi is called to a cinema where an ultra-nationalist, homophobic group has sabotaged the screening of a queer film. When one of the protesters recognizes him and threatens to disclose the secret about his sexuality, Cristi is faced with the danger of losing everything he has.

Although this is Jebeleanu’s first feature film he is an experienced theater director and writer, working mainly in France, Germany and Romania.

“The wish to make this film came as a natural expansion of my artistic interests and needs,” said the director. “It emerged from the necessity to give voice to vulnerable individuals and put under scrutiny the way in which society tends to vilify the idea of being different.”

Shot in 16mm, “Poppy Field” is lensed by Marius Panduru, who was also behind the camera of “12:08 East of Bucharest” by Corneliu Porumboiu, “If I Want to Whistle I Whistle” by Florin Serban, Radu Jude’s “Aferim” and “I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians.”

The producer of the film, Velvet Moraru, is also known for titles such as “The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu,” which was at Cannes, “QED,” a winner at Rome Film Festival, and “Charleston,” which played at Locarno.

“Poppy Field” was produced by Icon Production, in co-production with Motion Picture Management and Cutare Film. The film received support from the Romanian Film Center, Publicis Groupe, Zenith Media, The Groupe and Cinema City. It was co-financed by the Creative Europe Program of the European Union and pitched in the Work in Progress section at Connecting Cottbus.

Patra Spanou negotiated the deal with Missing Films’ Christos Acrivulis.

Spanou also closed distribution deals for the Swiss comedy “One-Way to Moscow” by Micha Lewinsky with Swipe Films for U.K. and Ireland, and HBO Europe for Eastern Europe. Arsenal Filmverleih will release the film in Germany, while Vinca Film distributes it in Switzerland.

9. November 2020

Two awards for OPEN DOOR by Florenc Papas in Festival Del Cinema Europeo

In Lecce OPEN DOOR by Florenc Papas convinced both the audience and the jury, awarding the film with the Audience Award and the Cineuropa Award.

2. November 2020

THE COMPONENTS OF LOVE by Miriam Bliese winner of Linea d´Ombra Festival competition

The NEXSOFT AWARD of the PASSAGGI D’EUROPA competition in Linea d´Ombra Festival goes to THE COMPONENTS OF LOVE by Miriam Bliese.
"An evergreen plot is able throughout an economic yet effective fragmented narrative to engage strong and precise emotions, thanks to the graceful acting of it’s leading character Birte Schnöink, which together with her partner Ole Lagerpusch builds touching moments and true feelings. You don’t need to be a parent to strive for this family’s positive outcome. An encouraging young film that gives us hope for the future of it’s director." – The Jury

27. Oktober 2020

OPEN DOOR albanian nomination for the 2021 Academy Awards

Albania nominates OPEN DOOR by Florenc Papas to represent the country at the 2021 Academy Awards in the category best international feature film.

"Papas scores an Oscar entry for his country with his feature film debut, shot in Albania, Kosovo, Italy, and the Republic of Macedonia in 2018. The film debuted at the Sarajevo Film Festival the following year, subsequently going on a festival tour that included Thessaloniki, Sofia, and a homecoming in Tirana, where Papas is head programmer. Open Door follows a married Albanian mother and her pregnant sister who try to find a man to play the part of the sister’s husband before they meet up with their strict, traditional father. Albania first entered for the 1997 awards; it managed only once more in the following 11 years, although has now missed only two in 12 since then. It is yet to record a nomination." — Screen

12. Oktober 2020

IN THE SHADOWS wins big in Antalya Golden Orange FF

Following the awarded world premiere in Moscow, IN THE SHADOWS by Erdem Tepegöz receives five awards at its national premiere in Antalya:
Best Cinematography
Best Art Direction
Best Music
Turkish film directors association Best Director (special prize)
Turkish film critics association Best Movie (special prize)

12. Oktober 2020

MONICA AND FRIENDS winner at the Brazilian Film Academy Awards

After the audience awarded MONICA AND FRIENDS - BONDS with more than 2,1mio tickets in its theatrical release, the Brazilian Film Academy awards Daniel Rezende´s debut as Best Feature Children Film in 2020.

8. Oktober 2020

Silver George for IN THE SHADOWS in Moscow

Erdem Tepegöz wins with his second feature IN THE SHADOWS the Special Jury Award at the main competition of Moscow International Film Festival.

17. August 2020

SNCCI (Italian Film Critics Union) prize for LOS FANTASMAS in Shorts IFF in Triest.

SNCCI (Italian Film Critics Union) prize for LOS FANTASMAS in Shorts IFF in Triest.
“For the way Guatemala City creeps into the images giving us the tangible perception of suspended disturbance that moves between the shadows, corners and roofs of the capital. Ghosts of a metropolitan blues that slowly reveals itself as a spiritual ascension, in a free tail that opens the heart and gaze beyond the night and the asphalt.” – The Jury