Italian gross sales firm True Colours has acquired world gross sales in most territories on Moroccan director Ismaël El Iraki’s gritty Casablanca-set “Zanka Contact,” a romancer pairing a pale rock star with a drug drawback and a “streetwise amazon (…) with a liquid gold voice,” in accordance with catalog notes from the Venice Movie Competition, the place the movie world premiered within the Horizons part devoted to cutting-edge titles.
The movie, which is El Iraki’s debut characteristic, is co-produced by France’s Barney Manufacturing, Morocco’s Mont Fleuri Manufacturing, and Belgium’s Velvet Movies.
The deal for world rights – excluding France, Morocco, and Belgium – was sealed in Venice between True Colours chief Gaetano Maiorino and Saïd Hamich Benlarbi, who’s the pinnacle of Barney Manufacturing.
In the meantime, in separate however associated information, “Zanka” has additionally been picked up in Venice by Paris-based specialty distributor UFO Distribution for France.
“Zanka Contact,” which is shot in 35mm and mixes musical, romance, and western tropes, has been described by the director in an interview with Selection as “a 70s subversive style film seen by means of a 90s lens.”
Born in Morocco, El Iraki is now based mostly in Paris the place he attended La Fémis, the celebrated French movie college. He’s a survivor of the Eagles of Dying Steel live performance at Paris’s Bataclan venue in November 2015, and says the PTSD from that have was a place to begin for writing his first characteristic.
The movie will segue from Venice to the London Movie Competition and really presumably to different fall fests.
True Colours will likely be kicking off “Zanka Contact” gross sales on the Rome MIA market in October and in addition on the on-line AFM, Maiorino mentioned.
Maiorino added that that is the primary French title on the True Colours slate, which is more and more increasing past Italian confines.