New Europe Film Sales dips its toe into animation at Berlin
by Vassilis Economou
- The Polish world sales agent will present the animation Gordon & Paddy by Linda Hambäck and will focus on its Sundance titles at the European Film Market
Having already shown off its slate at major film festivals, and with a dynamic start to 2018 at Sundance, Rotterdam and Göteborg, Warsaw-based international sales agent New Europe Film Sales, headed up by Jan Naszewski, is readying its line-up for the 68th Berlin Film Festival (15-25 February 2018).
Focusing mainly on curating its current handful of carefully selected titles, New Europe will have only one international premiere for public audiences: Linda Hambäck’s family animation Gordon & Paddy [+see also:
film profile], screening in the Generation Kplus competition. The Swedish film, which is based on the series of books about Superintendent Gordon, written by Ulf Nilssons and Gitte Spees, follows forest police chief Gordon, who, before his retirement, finds a new assistant, a clever mouse called Paddy. Together they will solve Gordon’s last case, the mystery of the squirrel’s missing nuts.
The detective animation intended for a younger audience also has a star among its cast, in the guise of Stellan Skarsgård, who lends his voice to Gordon, while Paddy is voiced by Melinda Kinnaman. The film enjoyed a great opening in Swedish cinemas before Christmas and has already been pre-sold in other territories (France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland). Gordon & Paddy is the first family animation film on New Europe Film Sales’ line-up, thus introducing a new genre for the company. The plans are to secure at least one children’s animation film per year.
At the market, New Europe Film Sales will focus on selling its Sundance-premiered titles. These are the Greek-Polish offbeat black comedy Pity [+see also:
interview: Babis Makridis
film profile] by Babis Makridis, which has already been well received after its first trip around the festival circuit and invites everyone to “stay sad”, and the World Dramatic Competition’s opening film, Loveling by Brazilian director Gustavo Pizzi.
As recently reported (see the news), New Europe has secured the pre-sales of Grímur Hákonarson’s upcoming feature, The County, and has also taken on Anna Odell’s new feature, which is currently in post-production. Another eagerly awaited title is Syllas Tzoumerkas’ (A Blast [+see also:
interview: Syllas Tzoumerkas
film profile]) third film, The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea [+see also:
film profile], which has wrapped shooting and is entering post-production, with a premiere scheduled by the end of summer or the beginning of autumn. Finally, Paweł Maślona’s debut black comedy, Panic Attack [+see also:
interview: Pawel Maslona
film profile], which has already proven to be a hit in Poland, with over 100,000 admissions, is also aiming for an international audience in 2018.
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