Synergetic Takes U.S. Rights on Film Republic’s ‘People That Are Not Me’

Sales company closes raft of U.S. sales on international slate Synergetic Distribution has acquired U.S. rights to Hadas ben Aroya’s “People That Are Not Me” from London-based global sales agent Film Republic. The deal is one of a raft of U.S. sales Film Republic has closed across four international titles on its slate. Dubbed the […]

Film Republic Acquires ‘People That Are Not Me’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Hadas Ben Aroya’s debut depicts Tel Aviv millennials MADRID — London-based Film Republic has acquired world sales rights to “Anashim Shenem Lo Ani” (“People That Are Not Me”), a Tel Aviv-set romantic dramedy. Premiering earlier this month at the Locarno Film Festival, where it played in the Signs of Life section, “People That Are Not Me” is about […]

Edinburgh: ‘Pikadero’ and ‘Suntan’ take top prizes

The winners have been announced at the 70th Edinburgh International Film Festival. The festival’s top prizes were awarded to Ben Sharrock’s Pikadero (UK-Spain), which took the Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film, Argyris Papadimitropoulos’s Suntan (Greece) which won Best International Feature Film, and Johan Grimonprez’s Shadow World (US), which won Best Documentary Feature Film. The Michael Powell jury, which […]

Film Republic Picks Up Adrian Saba’s Berlin Film Festival Movie ‘The Dreamer’

LONDON — Xavier Henry-Rashid’s London-based sales company Film Republic has acquired Adrian Saba’s second feature “El Sonador” (The Dreamer), which receives its world premiere at next month’s Berlin Film Festival. The stylish film, which plays as part of Berlin’s youth films section Generation 14plus, is a coming-of-age story set in Lima, Peru. Film Republic also worked with Saba on […]

Film Republic signs San Sebastian title ‘Pikadero’

9 December, 2015 | By Martin Blaney EXCLUSIVE: San Sebastian and Zurich comedy-drama gets UK sales company. Film Republic has picked up international sales rights to Edinburgh-based Ben Sharrock’s well-received debut feature Pikadero, which premiered in the New Directors competition in San Sebastian and won the Critics’ Award at the Zurich Film Festival. The Spain-UK co-production is the company’s […]

Call Me Marianna: A touching portrait of an ongoing struggle

by Vladan Petkovic 18/11/2015 – Karolina Bielawska’s second feature-length documentary is screening in the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival’s Forum section The second feature-length documentary by Karolina Bielawska, Call Me Marianna [+], won three awards at the Krakow International Film Festival before going on to snag the Zonta Club Prize at Locarno for the director whose film […]

Film Republic Picks Up Swiss Fest Hit ‘Amateur Teens’

Niklaus Hilber’s Zurich-awarded teen drama will play in Tallinn’s Just Film section. Guy Lodge Film Critic @guylodge London-based sales agency Film Republic has scored the global rights to Swiss writer-helmer Niklaus Hilber’s provocative coming-of-age drama “Amateur Teens,” which screens Nov. 17 as part of the Tallinn fest’s Just Film program. The film had its world premiere […]

‘Cloudy Times’ (‘El Tiempo Nublado’): Film Review

Paraguay’s first-ever Oscar submission, the bravely self-revelatory record of a daughter’s struggles with her mother’s infirmity, has seen regular Euro festival play. Seeing an ailing mother through her final years has to be one of life’s great emotional, spiritual and practical challenges. A Paraguayan filmmaker living in Switzerland, Arami Ullon has made an intense, and […]

Projects from Georgia and Ukraine win connecting cottbus awards

by Vladan Petkovic 09/11/2015 – Venice by Georgia’s Rusudan Chkonia gets the €25,000 Post Pitch Award, while Tank by Ukraine’s Max Ksondja wins the €1,500 Best Pitch Award The 17th connecting cottbus East-West Co-production Market, which took place on 5 and 6 November in parallel with the FilmFestival Cottbus, presented ten projects from as many countries. […]

Ukraine, Georgia winners at connecting cottbus

6 November, 2015 | By Martin Blaney In other Cottbus news, F&ME boards The Disciple and Macedonia backs Sugar Kid. Projects from Ukraine and Georgia were the award-winners at this year’s edition of the East-West co-production market connecting cottbus (November 5-6). Ukrainian filmmaker Max Ksjonda’s feature debut Tank received the CoCo Best Pitch Award sponsored […]