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You are in: Home > 2015. 63rd Edition  > Festival Diary > ‘Barash’ New Directors Contender Closes Australia, New Zealand
‘Barash’ New Directors Contender Closes Australia, New Zealand
Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

Jiff Distribution has acquired all rights to Australia and New Zealand on Barash, the first feature of Israel’s Micha Vinik, which is sold at San Sebastian by M-Appeal.

World premiering in San Sebastian on Sunday 20, where it competes in fest’s New Directors section, one of its key biggest sidebars, Barash is produced by Tel Avivbased Lama Films. Vinik, who also wrote the screenplay, directed short Srak, which competed at Locarno, and Bait, which was presented at Sundance.

Hebrew-spoken Barash turns on the sexual discovery of a seventeen- year-old Naama, played by Sivan Noam Shimon. This unspools “against the backdrop of her deep disappointment with her family and a society that excludes nyone or anything that is different,” said Vinik. “Barash is a portrait of detachment, of detached youths from a detached family from a detached country,” she added.

The Sapphic coming-of-age drama was welcomed by young auds at San Sebastian. A filmgoer tweeted: “It’s a more irreverent, direct and complex-free Blue is the Warmest Color 2.0 version.”

“It’s a very accessible film with a crossover potential and we are certainly aiming for theatrical distribution worldwide,” said M-Appeal CEO Maren Kroymann.

“The film is appealing not only to young audiences but also to an overall female target. It is a girls’ film with socio political critique as well as a good dose of emotion,”

M-Appeal is currently focusing on sales interest from territories such as U.S., Germany, Scandinavia, U.K. and France, Kroymann told Variety.

EMILIO MAYORGA

 

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