Picture Tree International picks up the rights to Zaza Urushadze’s Monk
by Tina Poglajen
- The Berlin-based international sales and production company is adding the Georgian director’s new film, that is set to be launched in early 2017, to its catalogue
Berlin-based international sales company Picture Tree International has acquired the international sales rights to Monk, the new feature film by Georgian director Zaza Urushadze, whose previous title, Tangerines [+see also:
film profile], was nominated for both an Oscar and a Golden Globe for Best Foreign-language Film in 2015. A promo with a first taste of the film for potential buyers was presented on Friday, 14 October, among the works-in-progress at the CentEast Market of the 32nd Warsaw Film Festival – the festival where Tangerines started its successful career in 2013.
Monk tells the story of Giorgi, a former film director, whose new life as a priest in a small mountain village starts to unravel when he meets the local music teacher Lily, who is eerily similar to Marilyn Monroe and is hiding a dark secret. Principal photography took place in Kakheti, Georgia in July and August with a cast including Dmitri Tatishvili, Joseph Khvedelidze and Sophia Sebiskveradze. The film is produced by Ivo Felt (The Spy and the Poet [+see also:
film profile], Tangerines, Georg) for Estonian-based outfit Allfilm and Zaza Urushadze’s company Cinema24, with the support of the Estonian Film Institute and the Georgian Film Center.
“It’s an absorbing, fascinating story with great international appeal and we are thrilled to work with this exceptional director”, says Andreas Rothbauer, founder and managing director for Picture Tree International. “Depending on what happens in post-production, we will be aiming for a premiere in the first half of 2017. We should know rather soon when we can show a relevant version to selected festivals.”
Other titles in Picture Tree’s line-up currently touring the festival circuit include Big Big World [+see also:
film profile] by Reha Erdem, which recently won the Jury Prize in Venice’s Orizzonti section, as well as Johannes Naber’s Heart of Stone [+see also:
interview: Johannes Naber
film profile] and Night of a 1000 Hours [+see also:
interview: Virgil Widrich
film profile] by Virgil Widrich, both of which had their world premiere at Busan.