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INDUSTRY / MARKET Tribeca 2021

Loco Films stakes its bets on Brighton 4th in Tribeca

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- In competition in New York, Levan Koguashvili’s film shines bright in the French vendor’s line-up, alongside The Hill Where Lionesses Roar, which is set for an unveiling at the Directors’ Fortnight

Loco Films stakes its bets on Brighton 4th in Tribeca
Brighton 4th by Levan Koguashvili

Spirits are high at the French international sales agency Loco Films, which is steered by Laurent Danielou and which is currently in action at the Tribeca Film Festival - an event which kicked off today (replete with open air seances and online screenings running until 20 June) - in the wake of Levan Koguashvili’s Brighton 4th [+see also:
trailer
interview: Levan Koguashvili
film profile
]
, which will enjoy its world premiere in the event’s International Narrative competition on 14 June.

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The 3rd fiction feature film to be directed by the Georgian national (who is also a documentary-maker), following on from Street Days (in competition in Rotterdam in 2010) and Blind Dates [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Levan Koguashvili
film profile
]
(selected for various festivals, including the Berlinale Forum in 2014), Brighton 4th (which is based upon a screenplay by Boris Frumin) homes in on Kakhi, a former wrestling champion whose devotion to his family leads him to leave his home in Tbilissi to pay a visit to his son Soso in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. He finds him in a shabby boarding house, populated by a colourful group of Georgian immigrants. Soso isn’t studying medicine, as Kakhi believed, but is instead working for a removals firm in order to pay back the gambling debt he owes a local mob boss. Kakhi takes it upon himself to help his son, which results in situations as comical as they are catastrophic… Levan Tediashvili, Kakhi Kavsadze, Nadezhda Mikhalkova and Giorgi Tabidze all stand out in the cast.

Brighton 4th is produced by Kino Iberica, Moskvich Films and TatoFilm​, (uniting the likes of Georgia, Russia, Bulgaria, Monaco and the USA) in co-production with Art Fest, Broken Cage Studio, the Georgian National Film Centre, Give Me Liberty Mfg. and KNM. Following its premiere in New York, the film will be shown within the Pre-Cannes Screenings which will take place online from 21 to 25 June, courtesy of the Cannes Film Festival’s Marché du Film.

On the subject of Cannes, Loco Films were on the receiving end of some very good news yesterday, upon the revelation of the films selected for the 53rd Directors’ Fortnight (running 7 to 17 July, within the 74th Cannes Film Festival), which include another title from the sales agent’s line-up: The Hill Where Lionesses Roar, which is the first feature film to be directed by French-Kosovar actress Luàna Bajrami. Previously chosen for the Les Arcs Film Festival’s Work in Progress initiative, the film opens in a small and remote village somewhere in Kosovo, where three young women’s dreams and ambitions are consistently quashed. But nothing will stop them in their quest for independence: it’s time to let the lionesses roar… Produced by Kosovar company Örëzanë Films alongside French firms Vents contraires and Acajou Productions, this feature film will be distributed in France by Le Pacte.

Likewise worth a mention in the Loco Films line-up is Polish director Maciej Barczewski’s movie The Champion [+see also:
interview: Maciej Barczewski
film profile
]
(revolving around a boxing champion sent to Auschwitz, where he rallies a group of rebellious deportees), which will be released in French cinemas in September but which will also be showcased within the Pre-Cannes Screenings.

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