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Venice Critics’ Week to Open With U.S. Director Jake Wachtel’s Cambodia-set ‘Karmalink,’
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July 22nd 2021

Venice Critics’ Week to Open With U.S. Director Jake Wachtel’s Cambodia-set ‘Karmalink,’

The Venice Film Festival’s Critics’ Week has unveiled its lineup of nine international first works, all of them world premieres, with U.S. director Jake Wachtel’s Cambodia-set Buddhist sci-fier “Karamalink,” set as the out-of-competition opener.

Set in a near-future Phnom Penh, “Karmalink” is about a 13-year-old boy and his street-smart female friend who team up to search for a gold statue from the boy’s past lives, while traveling across town and also back in time.

Wachtel, who grew up in Palo Alto, started developing the film in 2015, while teaching filmmaking in Phnom Penh. He cast two former students as his leads and shot the film on location after living in their community for several years. Pic is produced by Los Angeles-based Valerie Steinberg Productions. Co-producers are Cambodian director-producer Sok Visal of 802 Films and Christopher Rompré of littleBIG Films.

In June U.S. company XYZ Films and Copenhagen-based LevelK jointly boarded the film. LevelK is now handling international sales while XYZ represents North American rights. Read the whole Variety article here.

Gravitas Ventures has acquired North American distribution rights to Lone Wolf
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July 5th 2021

Gravitas Ventures has acquired North American distribution rights to Lone Wolf

Gravitas Ventures has acquired North American distribution rights to Lone Wolf, an Australian thriller directed by Jonathan Ogilvie. Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Hugo Weaving, Diana Glenn, Josh McConville and Chris Bunton star in the pic, a product of the Melbourne International Film Festival Premiere Fund. IT will no get a U.S. release in theaters and on-demand on September 24.

Set in contemporary Melbourne, the plot center on Winnie (Cobham-Hervey), a young woman who runs a struggling political bookshop with her boyfriend Conrad (McConville) and takes care of her disabled brother. But Winnie’s efforts to hold everything together get thwarted when Conrad becomes entangled in an act of terrorism.

“Filmmaker Jonathan Ogilvie skillfully blends issues of surveillance and big government and how they intersect with radical political groups, resulting in a highly topical and tense film that leaves the viewer thinking about who is watching, and why,” said Megan Huggins, Gravitas’ Acquisitions Coordinator.

Huggins negotiated the deal with Denmark-based LevelK. Read the Deadline: https://deadline.com/2021/07/audacity-division-14-days-multitude-films-hires-lone-wolf-release-date-gravitas-ventures-1234785762/

 

Shudder Buys North America, UK & Australia On Ghost Story ‘Martyrs Lane’ From LevelK
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June 17th 2021

Shudder Buys North America, UK & Australia On Ghost Story ‘Martyrs Lane’ From LevelK

AMC Networks’ genre streamer Shudder has landed rights for North America, UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand to Martyrs Lane, the UK supernatural horror, in a deal with Danish sales company LevelK.

Ruth Platt (The Lesson) wrote and directed the movie, which stars Olivier Award-winner Denise Gough (Colette), Steven Cree (Outlaw King) and newcomers Kiera Thompson and Sienna Sayer.

LevelK has also pre-sold the title to Italy (Koch Media), Vietnam (Noori Pictures), Taiwan (Deep Picture Corporation) and India (Big Tree Entertainment). The deal was negotiated by Emily Gotto for Shudder with Debra Liang from LevelK. The film will be part of LevelK’s pre-Cannes market line-up.

Martyrs Lane centers on Leah, a young girl who lives in a large vicarage with her parents and older sister. During the day the house is bustling with people; at night it is dark, empty and a space for Leah’s nightmares to creep into. Leah can’t quite work out why something feels missing in her relationship with her mother, however hard she tries. When a small, nightly visitor appears, Leah feels duty bound to receive them with kindness – and a little game between them begins in which Leah is set a nightly task. With each task, Leah’s knowledge grows – knowledge that unpicks the broken relationship she has with her mother, and threatens to destabilise the world as she knows it. Read the full exclusive in Deadline.
XYZ Films, LevelK board Cambodian sci-fi ‘Karmalink’
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June 3rd 2021

XYZ Films, LevelK board Cambodian sci-fi ‘Karmalink’

XYZ Films and LevelK are joining forces for the first time to work on Cambodian sci-fi feature Karmalink. LevelK will handle international sales while XYZ represents North American rights.

Jake Wachtel makes his feature directorial debut on the film, described as a “Buddhist sci-fi mystery”. The story follows a 13-year-old boy and his detective friend searching for a gold statue from the boy’s past lives, while navigating a high-tech, near-future Cambodia.

Los Angeles-based Valerie Steinberg produces for Valerie Steinberg Productions. Co-producers are Cambodian director-producer Sok Visal of 802 Films, as well as Christopher Rompré of Little BIG Films. Todd Brown and Nate Bolotin of XYZ serve as executive producers, and Christopher Seán Larsen and Monica Palmieri serve as associate producers.

Wachtel started developing the film in 2015, while teaching a year-long course in filmmaking to youth in Phnom Penh. He cast two former students as his leads and shot the film on location after living in their community for much of the next three years.

In addition to the young non-actor leads, the cast includes Cambodian actors Sveng Socheata (First They Killed My Father) and Rous Mony (The Prey), as well as Sahajak Boonthanakit (Only God Forgives) and Cindy Sirinya Bishop (The Crown Princess).

Todd Brown, head of international acquisitions at XYZ Films, said: “XYZ has a long-standing focus on striking and unusual voices from around the globe, and the moment I saw the first test footage that showed the work Jake Wachtel was doing with children in Phnom Penh, I knew there was the potential for something truly special. The vision of the future in Karmalink captures a completely different perspective from what we normally see, one that we believe will be exciting to audiences around the world, and we’re thrilled to work alongside a partner as strong as LevelK to bring it to them.” Read the full exclusive in Screendaily.