Barbarians on Wide’s line-up
by Fabien Lemercier
- The Paris-based company is selling Ivan Ikic’s film, selected in the East of the West competition at Karlovy Vary
Having historically been very much open to films from Eastern Europe and the Balkans, French international sales agent Wide Management will be pinning its hopes on Barbarians [+see also:
interview: Ivan Ikic
film profile] by Ivan Ikic at the 49th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (4-12 July 2014), a film that has been selected in the East of the West competitive section. Produced by Serbian company Sense and co-produced by Montenegro’s Or and Slovenian outfit Restart, the feature revolves around a restless teenage boy on the verge of adulthood. Living on the outskirts of Belgrade while managing a football fan club, Luka is dragged into the upheaval of the protests in Serbia following Kosovo’s declaration of independence in 2008 – but he also uncovers a family secret.
The Wide Management team headed by Loïc Magneron also boasts in its line-up the Finnish-Croatian co-production A Patriotic Man by Arto Halonen, the Latvian thriller The Man In The Orange Jacket [+see also:
interview: Aik Karapetian
interview: Roberts Vinovskis
film profile] by Aik Karapetian, the Bulgarian horror film Roseville by Martin Makariev, the Polish drama Field of Dogs [+see also:
interview: Lech Majewski
film profile] by Lech Majewski, the big winner of the 2014 annual Lithuanian film awards The Gambler [+see also:
interview: Ignas Jonynas
film profile] by Ignas Jonynas and the Croatian comedy Cowboys [+see also:
film profile] by Tomislav Mrsic.
Standing out among the titles in pre-sales are the historical drama Summer Solstice by Michael Rogalski, co-produced by Poland and Germany and recounting the story of four lives that intertwine in 1943, as well as Panama by Serbian director Pavle Vuckovic, which explores a destructive romantic relationship between two modern-day teenagers.
Also of note at Wide House, Wide’s documentaries department, are the multi-award-winning The Circle [+see also:
interview: Stefan Haupt
film profile] by Swiss filmmaker Stefan Haupt, the Italian title Magicarena by Andrea Prandstraller and Niccolo Bruna, and Balley Boys by Norway’s Kenneth Elvebakk, among others.
(Translated from French)