Rights of ‘Spring’ to First Look

Brodsky pic to be released next summer

Yet another foreign-lingo pic that unspooled at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival has sold: First Look Pictures has acquired North American rights to Vladimir Michalek’s “Autumn Spring,” winner of four Czech Lion Awards at the Karlovy Vary Intl. Film Festival.

First Look plans to release the film next summer. Prexy M.J. Peckos negotiated the pact along with Neil Friedman of Menemsha Entertainment. Friedman fielded a flurry of offers before clinching with First Look.

Pic stars Vlastimil Brodsky, often called the greatest Czech actor of his generation. Brodsky, who starred in the Czech Oscar winner “Closely Watched Trains,” was honored posthumously with a lifetime achievement award at Karlovy Vary.

“Autumn Spring” won the audience choice award for feature at the 2002 Cleveland Intl. Film Festival and is nominated for best picture at the European Film Awards.

Pic, produced by Jaroslav Boucek, Jiri Bartoska and Jaroslav Kucera, asks what it means to age gracefully. For 75-year-old Frantisek (Brodsky), it means he never bends from his feisty personal philosophy despite constant badgering from his wife.

“Mature audiences are the only growing segment of the moviegoing audience,” Peckos said. ” ‘Autumn Spring’ is a celebration of life and a how-to guide to the art of living.”

Menemsha represents the worldwide sales rights to the film and has had previous success with another Czech film, “Divided We Fall.”

First Look Pictures recently concluded its Rolling Rez Tour, the first mobile cinema vehicle in the U.S., screening Chris Eyre’s “Skins” at Indian reservations and urban Native American centers across America, leading up to the film’s theatrical release today .

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