The Open Reel acquires Jelle Stroo’s La Deuxième
by Vassilis Economou
- Thirty Souls continues its successful run in Spain while Sunburn has secured distribution deals in a number of markets
Just before the year draws to a close, Italian world sales outfit The Open Reel has announced the acquisition of Belgian director Jelle Stroo’s (Egoïste) sophomore feature, La Deuxième [+see also:
The story follows Jean Barreau, a retiree who lives in the countryside. There, he is the leader of a spiritual commune for tormented souls, whom he promises the chance of a second life. One of his believers and guests is 30-year-old Camille Griffon, who is trying to discover a meaningful path in her life. The problems start when her doppelganger appears in her house. At that moment, she and Jean’s believers come to understand that he was literally standing by his promise, but not everyone seems ready to accept this new, second life.
La Deuxième was written and edited by Stroo, and was co-produced by him and Stephanie Delbecque for Bureau Delstreau. The cast includes Gert De la Marche, Anne-Sophie Delhomme, Alix Vega and Julien Vieuloup, among others.
Another title on The Open Reel’s line-up, Thirty Souls [+see also:
interview: Diana Toucedo
film profile], by debutant Galician filmmaker Diana Toucedo, is now focused on gaining a foothold in the Spanish market. It recently won the Youth Jury Award at the recent REC Tarragona (see the news), where it was also the winner of the festival’s Primer Test sidebar last year (see the news); furthermore, it scooped a Special Mention at Madrid’s Rizoma Festival and the Audience Award at Novos Cinemas in Pontevedra (see the news). Previously, the film was a candidate for the 33rd Goya Awards in nine separate categories (including Best Film and Best Director), and was put forward for consideration for the 11th Catalan Gaudí Awards in 11 categories, eventually being nominated for Best Documentary.
Finally, the Tallinn-premiered Sunburn [+see also:
interview: Vicente Alves do Ó
film profile] by Portuguese filmmaker Vicente Alves do Ó has secured a distribution deal for the North American market through TLA Releasing, and for the UK and Ireland via TLA UK, while Paris-based Optimale will distribute the movie in France and the French-speaking territories.
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