Magazine article Screen International

Luxbox Acquires Locarno Golden Leopard Contender 'Marija'

Magazine article Screen International

Luxbox Acquires Locarno Golden Leopard Contender 'Marija'

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Paris-based Luxbox has picked up world sales rights to German director Michael Koch's migrant drama Marija ahead of its premiere in competition at the Locarno Film Festival in August.

The debut feature revolves around a young Ukrainian woman who makes a living cleaning hotel rooms in the German city of Dortmund but dreams of owning her own hair salon.

Determined to achieve her ambitions, she is willing to compromise her body, personal relationships and even suppress her own feelings in the process. Russian-born, Germany-based actress Margarita Breitkreiz plays the titular role.

Cologne-based Pandora Film Produktion lead-produced the film with Swiss Hugofilm and Germany's Little Shark Entertainment on board as co-producers.

"For Pandora, it is very important to continue producing artistic first films from Germany," commented Pandora producer Christoph Friedel. "With Marija, Michael Koch achieves a very powerful portrait of a young, Ukrainian women trying to establish her place in German society."

"Luxbox is the ideal partner for us to bring this movie to the international festival circuit and to distribute it worldwide. …

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