Magazine article Screen International

Toronto 2011: Real to Reel

Magazine article Screen International

Toronto 2011: Real to Reel

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Real to ReelThe Boy Who Was A King (Bulg-Ger)Dir Andrey PaounovThe story of Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha who became the tsar of Bulgaria at the age of six and returned from exile following the end of communist rule to be elected prime minister.Contact Zero One - office@zeroone.deComic-Con: Episode IV -- A Fan's Hope (US)Dir Morgan SpurlockSpurlock trainsReal to ReelThe Boy Who Was A King (Bulg-Ger)

Dir Andrey Paounov

The story of Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha who became the tsar of Bulgaria at the age of six and returned from exile following the end of communist rule to be elected prime minister.

Contact Zero One - office@zeroone.deComic-Con: Episode IV -- A Fan's Hope (US)

Dir Morgan Spurlock

Spurlock trains his slyly subversive sights on the ultimate geek convention. The documentarian chews the fat with Comic-Con pilgrims and talks to famous names including Stan Lee, Frank Miller and Joss Whedon.

Sales CAA - (1) 424 288 2000Dark Girls (US)

Dirs Bill Duke, D Channsin Berry

The film-makers explore why bias over skin colour endures among the African-American community.

Contact UrbanWinter Entertainment - (1) 708 302 0152The Education of Auma Obama (Ger)

Dir Branwen Okpak

A profile of Auma Obama, Barack Obama's half-sister, who is mentoring ambitious young people in Kenya so they may contribute to their society.

Contact Filmkantine - info@filmkantine.deGirl Model (US)

Dirs Ashley Sabin, David Redmon

Aspiring Russian models seek fame and fortune at a Japanese agency, only to discover a chaotic system with a dark underbelly.

Sales Dogwoof - (44) 20 7831 7252IN MY MOTHER'S ARMS (Iraq-Neth-UK)

Dirs Atia Al Daradji, Mohamed Al Daradji

In My Mother's Arms follows the struggles of a Baghdad orphanage which is threatened with closure. Produced by Human Film, Iraq Al-Rafidain and Al-Jazeera English, it was backed by the Netherlands Film Fund, Abu Dhabi's SANAD fund, the Goteborg International Film Festival Fund and San Sebastian Cinema in Motion 6 Fund.

Contact Human Film - info@humanfilm.co.ukInto The Abyss (US)

Dir Werner Herzog

Herzog explores how a triple killing in Texas affected the lives of the victims' families and the accused, one of whom is on Death Row. IFC Films has US rights.

Sales ZDF Enterprises - red.burcksen@zdf-enterprises.deLast Call At The Oasis (US)

Dir Jessica Yu

Documentary short Oscar winner Yu, whose family comedy Ping Pong Playa debuted in Toronto four years ago, investigates the world's water crisis.

Sales Submarine - (1) 212 625 1410THE LAST DOGS OF WINTER (NZ)

Dir Costa Botes

The story of Manitoba-based Brian Ladoon, who devotes his life to preserving the last in a rare breed of Arctic dog. The film was financed by Lone Pine Films and the New Zealand Film Commission.

Sales NZ Film - marketing@nzfilm.co.nzThe Last Gladiators (US)

Dir Alex Gibney

Gibney's ice-hockey project follows enforcer Chris 'Knuckles' Nilan, his part in the Montreal Canadiens' success in the 1980s, and life after retirement. …

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