Magazine article Screen International

'Otto - My Life Is A Soundtrack' Wins US in Progress in Paris

Magazine article Screen International

'Otto - My Life Is A Soundtrack' Wins US in Progress in Paris

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Colombian, New York-based director Margarita Jimeno's hybrid fiction feature Otto - My Life is a Soundtrack, about a renowned artist who undergoes a spiritual awakening after a failed show, has won the fifth edition of US in Progress in Paris.

The prize includes a post-production and distribution package worth $45,000 (euro40,000).

The US in Progress event showcased six independent US works looking for final post-production services and a sales agent.

It took place June 7-10 as part of the Industry Days programme of the French-US focused Champs-Elysées Film Festival, running June 7-14 and hosted by French distributor Sophie Dulac.

Otto - My Life is a Soundtrack stars real-life actor and entrepreneur Jens Louis Valeur as international artist Peter Bjorn who decides to disappear from public life after a highly anticipated show is panned, finding refuge in playing pipe organ music in a remote Polish village where he meets a nun with a beautiful voice and love of hiking.

When media reports start to circulate that he is dead, Bjorn leaves his newfound refuge to return to his old life.

It is Jimeno's first feature-length fiction feature after the rockumentary Gogol Bordello Non-Stop, about Gogol Bordello, the New York band fusing gypsy music with punk rock. …

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