VARIETY, June 11, 2018 / Elsa Keslassy
The Paris-based sales company, which is hosting a gala screening of “Another Day of Life” today June 12 at the Annecy Animation Festival, has sold the film to France (Gebeka Films), U.K. (Atlitude Films), Italy (I Wonder Pictures), Scandinavia & Baltic States (Edge Entertainment), Portugal (Midas Filmes) and China (Jushi Films).
“‘Another Day of Life’ is a unique, beautifully-crafted film and a great European co-production. We are delighted to continue our collaboration with Indie Sales after the enormous success of ‘My Life as a Zucchini,” said Marc Bonny, head of acquisitions at France’s Gebeka Films.
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Sales agent Indie Sales has just dropped a new trailer for “Another Day of Life,” added last Thursday to this year’s Cannes’ Official Selection where it plays out of competition.
Directed by Polish animator Damian Nenow and Spain’s Raúl de la Fuente, a documentary filmmaker, and a narration of the harrowing experiences in the 1975 Angola Civil War which drove Polish war correspondent Ryszard Kapuściński to write the book which forged his reputation, “Another Day of Life” can be portrayed many ways. Excerpts on YouTube capture the power of individual scenes, and their haunting mix of 1975 animated chronicle and live action contemporary interview 40 years later featuring the characters in scenes: an effect which gives a sense of heightened reality to the 1975 chronicle.
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VARIETY April 19, 2018 | John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy
The Cannes Film Festival has confirmed that “Another Day of Life,” one of the most-awaited of European animation films, will receive a special screening at this year’s edition. News of the movie’s inclusion follows the announcement of a batch of other late additions to Cannes’ official selection Thursday, including Lars von Trier’s “The House That Jack Built” and Terry Gilliam’s “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.”
“Another Way of Life” chronicles the graphic, harrowing and near-hallucinatory experiences during the 1975 Angolan civil war that drove Polish war correspondent Ryszard Kapuściński to write the book that forged his literary reputation. The animation-live action hybrid film wowed attendees at an industry gathering last month at Bordeaux’s Cartoon Movie event, where 15 minutes of footage was shown at a sneak-peek screening. Attendees were impressed with the mix of animation, live-action cutaways, archive footage and contemporary interviews.
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VARIETY Febuary 06th, 2018 | Elsa Keslassy
Indie Sales has come on board Gabriele Muccino’s “A Casa Tutti Bene,” the director’s comeback to Italian cinema. Muccino is rolling off a flurry of English-language films, including “The Pursuit of Happiness” and “Seven Pounds” with Will Smith.
“A Casa Tutti Bene” (“There is No Place Like Home”) showcases an ensemble cast of high-profile Italian stars, notably Pierfrancesco Favino (“Suburra”), Stefano Accorsi (“The Young Pope”), Claudia Gerini (Suburra”) and Stefania Sandrelli (“Last Kiss”).
Written by Muccino and Paolo Costella (“Perfect Strangers”), “A Casa Tutti Bene” revolves around a family which gathers to celebrate the 50th wedding anniversary of their two elderly parents, Pietro and Alba, on the small island of Ischia in Italy. A violent storm hits the island, forcing the entire family to live under the same roof for two days and two nights, leading them to rehash old, unresolved conflicts and share doubts about the future.
“This movie is about everything: life, our existences, about how difficult it is to live with anyone, from your partner to your children and finally your parents,” said Muccino. “This is a story that describes – and here I quote one of the teenagers in the film – how hard it is to be fair. That is what all the characters strive for, but it’s hardest thing to achieve in life,” added the director.
Nicolas Eschbach, Indie Sales’s boss, said “A Casa Tutti Bene” “brings us back to popular Italian classics.” “It’s also got Muccino’s warm and colorful touch; a topnotch cast; and a universal story that can appeal audiences well beyond Italy,” said Eschbach, whose sales banner will host a market premiere of the movie at Berlin Film Festival’s EFM.
“A Casa Tutti Bene” is produced by Lotus Production, a Leone Film Group company, and 3Marys Entertainment S.r.l. with Rai Cinema.
The film is expected to be one of year’s biggest releases in Italy. 01Distribution will release it on 500 screens in Italy on Valentine Day, Feb. 14.
Muccino’s most acclaimed Italian film is “The Last Kiss” which won the audience prize at Sundance in 2002.
Over the last few years, Indie Sales has successfully handled several prestige Italian films, including Stefano Sollima’s “Suburra” and Matteo Rovere’s “Romulus and Remus, The First King.”
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VARIETY January 19th, 2018 | Elsa Keslassy
Paris-based company Indie Sales has acquired Claus Drexel’s politically engaged documentary feature “America,” the helmer’s anticipated follow up to “On the Edge of the World.”
“America” unfolds in November 2016, when the United States was about to elect its new president. Drexel traveled to Arizona and zoomed in on folks living on the margins of society one month before and after the election of Donald Trump. Through the film, Drexel has underprivileged Arizona locals share their hopes and fears.
Indie Sales described the documentary as a “vertiginous dive in the heart of the United States.” The company will kick off sales at the UniFrance Rendez-Vous With French Cinema, which kicks off Thursday in Paris.
For “America,” Drexel re-teamed with cinematographer Sylvain Leser, with whom he worked on “On the Edge of the World,” which explored the lives of homeless people in Paris.
Set to be released in France by Diaphana on March 14, “America” boasts an original score by Ibrahim Maalouf (“Yves-Saint-Laurent,” “In the Forests of Siberia”).
Now in post-production, “America” is produced by Laurent Lavolé with his Paris-based outfit Gloria Films, the banner behind Sonia Kronlund’s “Nothingwood.” Arte is co-producing the documentary.
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