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Zeitgeist adopts Svankmajer’s ‘Otik’

Co. also going 'Downtown'

Zeitgeist Films has picked up domestic rights to “Little Otik” (originally titled “Otesanek”), the latest from Czech helmer Jan Svankmajer.

Film features Svankmajer’s trademark combination of live action and claymation. Story is based on a Czech fairy tale about a childless couple who turn a tree stump into a baby, and then watch him evolve into a monster. Pic was acquired from Cinepol Intl. and Athanor in Prague.

Also forthcoming from Zeitgeist: “Downtown 81” starring Jean-Michael Basquiat and filmed in 1980, but only completed last year; docs “I Remember Me,” about chronic fatigue syndrome and “The Turandot Project,” about Zubin Mehta and helmer Zhang Yimou’s staging of the Puccini opera in Beijing.

Zeitgeist released “Lumumba,” a biopic about the Congo’s first prime minister, last month in New York.

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