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NEWS                                                                                                   Friday 17 May 2019
                                                                                                                                   DAY 4

                PRINC TAKES                     CANNES Q&A:
                ON VAN
                DEBUT FEATURE
                SLEEPING IN PLASTIC             JONATHAN
                PRINC Films is handling worldwide sales on
                photographer and filmmaker Van Ditthavong’s
                feature directorial debut Sleeping in Plastic at
                the Cannes Marché.
                The film is produced by Red Sanders and   DECKTER
                Derek D. Brown of Red Entertainment, along
                with Ditthavong of goPop Films and executive-
                produced by Igor Princ of Princ Films. It stars
                Alex MacNicoll, Addison Timlin, Corin Nemec,   PRESIDENT & COO, VOLTAGE PICTURES                       Jonathan Deckter     © DR
                Nick Chinlund and Dash Mihok.
                Sleeping in Plastic is a gothic story set in a
                rural Texas town that is awakened when a   What are your Cannes highlights   incredible support from our leads Hero   Joan Chen which we expect to be very
                high-school wrestler gets entangled with a   this year?        Fiennes Tiffin and Josephine Langford as   strong. We produced Eve with Jessica’s
                drifter and her psychopathic lover. Things
                spiral violently out of control when he   We’re executive producing and handling   well as the writer of the book series Anna   Freckle Films and are very excited to
                becomes her escort driver and risks everything   international sales on the new action   Todd. Our international distribution   share with the world. Production on The
                to save her.                    thriller The Minuteman starring Liam   partners made the smart decision to tap   Minuteman will begin in September
                “Sleeping in Plastic is such an original story   Neeson. Directed by Robert Lorenz, it   into Anna’s established fanbase,   2019, so that’s also a major focus.
                brought to life with Van’s unique skill to create   tells the pulse-racing story of a retired   “Afternators,” and connect with them
                suspenseful situations in environments least   Vietnam veteran who finds himself   one-on-one in territory. The results are   What are you looking to
                expected and direct astounding performances
                from the talented cast,” president of Princ   responsible for the life of a young boy,   truly fantastic.  do in Cannes?
                Films, Igor Princ said.         who is being hunted by the cartel. It’s                       Launching The Minuteman has been one
                Director, writer, producer Ditthavong’s short   definitely exciting to be on such a hot   How was the past year in business   of our big pushes. We strive to offer a
                films have screened at the Los Angeles Asian   market title and we’re looking forward to   for you?  diverse slate of quality films to our
                Pacific Film Festival, The Independent   the buyers reaction. Its Liam Neeson at   We had a great year. Coming off the   international partners, which plays to the
                Filmmakers Showcase, The Atlanta Shortsfest   his best.        back of the success of I Feel Pretty   variance in needs across different
                and The Pasadena International Film Festival.
                Red Entertainment has produced SXSW                            starring Amy Schumer released in   territories.
                award-winner A Bad Idea Gone Wrong and   In Cannes 2018 you launched the   April 2018 that has made $100m
                Tribeca award-winner One Percent More   film After and it has gone on to   at the worldwide box office, we then   What was your best acquisition
                Humid.                          take over $50m at the          launched After in April 2019. These   last year?
                Princ Films’ Cannes slate includes Jackson F.   international BO – the biggest   back-to-back wins have been great   Skin starring Jamie Bell, Vera Farmiga
                Wade’s Western drama Breaker, with a cast
                that includes newcomer Chantz Marcus and   independent film in 2019.  Why do   for our buyers. Their success is our   and Danielle Mcdonald was an absolute
                starring Peter O’ Brien; Ivan Botha’s South   you think the film was so   success.            highlight for us. Beyond its marked
                African adventure A River Within; and Attila   successful?                                    success at the  Berlin and Sundance Film
                Szasz’s Hungarian war drama Eternal Winter   The book was a smash hit and the fans   What is your focus for the coming   Festivals, the short on which the feature is
                starring Sergej Onopko.         were eager to see the film so we had a   year?                based went on to win Best Short Film at
                Princ Films’ Cannes sales team includes sales   built-in audience.  We also toured   Gearing up for the release of Eve starring   the Academy Awards for director Guy
                executives Ralitsa Trifonova, Katja Neufingerl
                and Stefan Knobloch.✦           extensively internationally  — seven   Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell, John   Nattiv. ✦
                                    Julian Newby   countries in two weeks — and had    Malkovich, Common, Geena Davis, and        Liza Foreman

                                                            Germany’s Koch Films

                                                            picks up Ukrainian folktale

                                                            Mavka. The Forest Song

                                                                     ERMAN distributor Koch Films has   Currently in production, the animated film is based on
                                                                     acquired the rights to animated feature   the play, The Forest Song by celebrated 19th-century
                                                                     Mavka. The Forest Song, from   Ukrainian poet and playwright Lesia Ukrainka. Music
                                                                     Animagrad studio, part of Ukraine’s Film.  for the film is by acclaimed Ukrainian folk quartet
                                                            G UA Group. The rights are for Germany   DakhaBrakha.
                                                            and German-speaking countries.          Experts from national ethnographic institutions —
                                                            International pre-sales of Mavka. The Forest Song,   including the Department of Folklore Studies at the
                                                            started last year at the Marché du Film, where the   National Taras Shevchenko University of Kyiv; Kien’s
                                                            rights were acquired by Italia Film International, a sub-  Ivan Honchar Museum; and the Ukrainian Fashion
                                                            distributor of Walt Disney Studios in the Middle East   History Museum — are working with the production
                                                            and North Africa.                       team on the interpretation of Ukrainian myths,
                                                            In the year since then, the project has featured at key   legends, beliefs, and visual culture that feature in the
                                                            film markets around the world and has sold to Poland   in film.
                                                            (Monolith Films); Czech Republic and Slovakia   The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is a partner in the film,
                                                            (Cinemart); Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania (ACME Film);   consulting with the project’s creative team on the flora
                                                            Portugal (Cinemundo); Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria   and fauna of the Polissya region and helping to raise
                                                            (Vertical); and Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Macedonia,   awareness of environmental issues faced by Ukraine.✦
                                                            Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro (Blitz).                        Julian Newby

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