Locarno’s ‘Nightsiren’ Snapped Up by Intramovies

Rome-based indie distributor Intramovies has snapped up worldwide gross sales rights to Locarno contender “Nightsiren” (“Svetlonoc”) by Tereza Nvotovà.

The Slovakia-Czech Republic manufacturing activates a younger girl who returns to her distant mountain dwelling to hunt solutions about her traumatized childhood. The deeply superstitious villagers activate her, accusing her of witchcraft and homicide.

As Nvotová, who co-wrote the screenplay with Barbara Namerová, explains in her assertion, “Nightsiren” “seeks to dispel outdated myths surrounding womanhood, drawing a line between historical misogynist superstitions and their resurgence within the trendy world.”

“Despite the fact that ladies are not being burned on the stake, they’re nonetheless focused for his or her sexuality, emotionality and reproductive selections. Solely the label has modified, from ‘witch’ to ‘slut.’ ‘Nightsiren’ talks in regards to the worth of freedom if we refuse to go down the standard path,” she asserts.

World premiering Aug. 12 in Locarno, “Nightsiren” vies for the highest prize in pageant sidebar Cineasti del Presente, which spotlights debut and second options by rising worldwide filmmakers.

“We have been instantly attracted by Tereza’s expertise and unbelievable capability to create an environment the place historical beliefs overcome widespread sense, mixing current and previous within the lifetime of a younger trendy girl attempting to come back to grips with a troubled childhood,” mentioned Marco Valerio, head of acquisitions & manufacturing at Intramovies, which has made it its mission to help promising new filmmakers all through its almost 50-year historical past.

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The “Nightsiren” solid is led by Natália Germán who performs the primary character Šarlota together with Eva Mores, Juliána Brutovská and Iva Bittová.

Nvotová, whose award-winning 2017 debut characteristic “Filthy” premiered at IFF Rotterdam, has additionally made docs for HBO Europe, along with her newest, “The Lust for Energy,” drawing essential acclaim. She is creating her third characteristic “Father” in addition to miniseries “Convictions.”

The supernatural drama was developed on the Unbiased Movie Basis’s ScripTeast and offered at co-production boards MIA in Rome, Agora Crossroads in Thessaloniki and at TIFF59 and the Frontières Finance & Packaging Discussion board.

Co-produced by Bfilm (Slovakia), Moloko Movie (Czech Republic) and RTVS (Radio and Tv of Slovakia), it acquired help from the Slovak Audiovisual Fund, the Czech Movie Fund and Eurimages.

The seventy fifth Locarno Movie Competition runs Aug. 3-13.

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