LevelK at Busan IFF / Rome Film Fest
Busan IFF and Rome Film Fest is approaching and we would therefore like to share our fall line-up with you.
For Busan IFF our Danish drama AS IN HEAVEN and our triple Sundance winner HIVE are selected in the World Cinema section. HIVE is furthermore selected for Rome Film Fest.
AS IN HEAVEN (Winner of Best Director and Best Leading Performance at San Sebastian) takes place on a farm in the late 1800s where an intense waiting begins when 14-year-old Lise's mother goes into a complicated labour, and Lise must prepare herself for a night that may change her life forever.
HIVE (Triple Sundance winner) centres on Fahrije who's husband has been missing since the war in Kosovo and therefore is not just saddened with grief, but is also struggling financially. In order to provide for her family she launches a small agricultural business, but in the traditional patriarchal village where she lives, her ambition and efforts to empower herself and other women are not seen as positive things.
Besides AS IN HEAVEN and HIVE our line-up also consists of our new acquisition the Latvian dark comedy SAMUEL’S TRAVELS, our Venice Critics’ Week opening film the Cambodian sci-fi drama KARMALINK and the Iranian drama ZALAVA.
SAMUEL’S TRAVELS is set in a remote part of Eastern Europe, on the edges of a mythical forest. Here we follow Sam, a foreigner, far from home, who is searching for his biological father, when a minor road accident leads to a chance meeting with a pig-farmer’s daughter, who offers to help him. Her kind hospitality is however a smoke screen to capture him and make him a slave on the farm. Alone, unable to speak the language and chained up 24/7 with the pigs, he learns to adapt and starts gaining the confidence that might lead to freedom and true love.
THE PASSENGER which is selected as part of Fantastic 7 and world premiered at Sitges FF centers on a group of strangers sharing a van have their trip abruptly interrupted when the driver accidently hits a woman hiking in the middle of the night. They decide to take her to the hospital, but on the way quickly learn that she is not in need of a hospital and that they shouldn’t have let her in at all. The film is starring Ramiro Blas (Vis a vis, Blackwod), Cecilia Suarez (The House of Flowers, Capadocia), Paula Gallego (Paquita Salas, El Oasis) and Christina Alcazar (Cachorro, Road to Santiago).
ZALAVA (Winner of the Grand Prize and FIPRESCI Award at Venice International Film Critics' Week and Best Film at Fantastic Fest) is set in 1978, and centers on the inhabitants of a small village in Iran called Zalava who claim there is a demon among them. Massoud, a young gendarmerie sergeant, who investigates this claim encounters an exorcist attempting to rid the village of the demon. When he arrests the exorcist on charges of fraud, the villagers fear and anger escalates. Massoud and his love interest, a government doctor, soon find themselves trapped in a cursed house, surrounded by villagers who believe they are both possessed by the demon.
KARMALINK is set in near-future Phnom Penh, where a teenage boy teams up with a street-smart girl from his neighbourhood to untangle the mystery of his past-life dreams. What begins as a hunt for a Buddhist treasure soon leads to greater discoveries that will either end in digital enlightenment or a total loss of identity.
World rights are available. We are handling international sales while XYZ represents North American rights for KARMALINK.