Edge takes Stockholm’s Mediterranea and another six festival entries
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- The Stockholm International Film Festival gave its Audience Award to Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s Mustang
Stockholm-based Nordic distributor Edge Entertainment has picked up Italian director Jonas Carpignano’s Mediterranea [+see also:
interview: Jonas Carpignano
film profile] from Mexico’s NDM International Sales. The film opened the Stockholm International Film Festival earlier this month (11 November) and won the Aluminium Horse for Best First Film, adding Best Actor (for Koudous Seihon) and the Telia Film Award. Edge will release the movie, following two young men from Burkina Faso on their dangerous trip over the Mediterranean to Italy, in Sweden, Finland, Iceland and the Baltics.
From France’s Pathé the company has acquired another festival title, Italian director Piero Messina’s The Wait [+see also:
interview: Lou de Laâge
interview: Piero Messina
film profile], with Juliette Binoche in the lead as a mother who unexpectedly meets her son’s fiancée in Sicily and gets to know her before he arrives. The contract covers Scandinavia and Iceland.
Edge has also scheduled five Stockholm entries for Swedish premieres in late 2015 and early 2016, including US director Crystal Moselle’s The Wolfpack, British filmmaker Nick Read’s Bolshoi Babylon, French director Alice Winocour’s Disorder [+see also:
interview: Alice Winocour
film profile], British-Italian filmmaker Cosima Spender’s Palio [+see also:
film profile] and French director Guillaume Nicloux’s Valley of Love [+see also:
After the gathering ended on 22 November, the Stockholm International Film Festival announced that Turkish director Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s Mustang [+see also:
interview: Deniz Gamze Ergüven
film profile] would receive this year’s Audience Award. The film about a scandal in a small village sparked by five sisters had already been given an Aluminium Horse for Best Script, penned by Ergüven and French writer-director Alice Winocour.
On 24 November, the French-Turkish-German co-production also added the European Parliament's 2015 LUX Prize to its trophy case (see the news). Mustang will be released in Sweden on 4 March 2016 by Scanbox Entertainment.
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