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Locarno Round-Up: Film Republic Takes Carte Blanche Title 'Point Zero'

Magazine article Screen International

Locarno Round-Up: Film Republic Takes Carte Blanche Title 'Point Zero'

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UK sales company Film Republic has picked up international sales for Brazilian director José Pedro Goulart's feature debut Point Zero (Ponto Zero) - one of the films presented in Locarno's Carte Blanche showcase dedicated to Brazil last year.

The co-production between Porto Alegre-based Minima and Okna Producoes centres on one fateful night when a young boy, faced with many challenges at home and in school, has to learn to grow up very quickly after stealing his violent father's car to find a call girl whose number he found of the windscreen.

Film Republic's managing director Xavier Henry-Rashid is in Locarno this week for the international premire at the independent Critics' Week of Karolina Bielawska's award-winning Polish documentary Call Me Marianna.

He is also handling two Swiss titles:

* Claudia Lorenz's first feature What's Between Us (Unter der Haut), the opening film at the Solothurn Films Days in January and then screened at the Max Ophüls Prize Film Festival in Germany's Saarbrücken;

* Arami Ullon's Swiss-Paraguayan documentary (El Tiempo Nublado), screened in Locarno and Karlovy Vary last year.


Contrary to reports circulating at the end of last week, Tunisian filmmaker Nadia Rais' feature-length animation film Aller Simple has taken part in Locarno's co-production lab Open Doors (Aug 8-11) and was not withdrawn in protest at the festival's collaboration with the Israel Film Fund on the First Look showcase (formerly Carte Blanche).

ScreenDaily understands that Rais participated in the pitching workshop offered to the participants of Open Doors as preparation for their one-to-one meetings over the weekend.

However, Mohamed Ben Attia's debut feature Inhebek Hedi, to be produced by Nomadis Images and the Dardennes brothers' company Les Films du Fleuve, and Propaganda Productions' Retina by Nejib Belkadhi, who is a partner with producer Imed Marzouk in their Tunis-based outfit, were the two Tunisian films withdrawn from Open Doors.


Nyon's Visions du Réel has seen its nominated film winning the Doc Alliance Selection Award for the first time this year.

Iraqi filmmaker Abbas Fahdel, who is currently living in French exile, was in Locarno to receive the $5,500 (euro5,000) award for his two-part Homeland (Iraq Year Zero), which has a running time of almost six hours. …

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