Rezo Films selling film internationally

Hafsia Hersi is attached to star in “The Flowers of Kirkuk,” a Romeo and Juliet tale that marks a rare co-production between Europe and Iraq.

Gallic boutique Rezo Films is selling the film internationally. Hero Talabani, wife of Iraqi president Jala Talabani, is among co-producers of the pic, set during Saddam Hussain’s ethnic clensing in Kurdistan.

Hersi is a recent winner of the Venice fest’s Marcello Mastroianni prize for promising actress, as well as a Cesar nod in the same category.

Iranian-born Fariborz Kamkari wll helm the pic. His Tehran-set “Black Tape” unspooled in Venice and Edinburgh, and was banned in Iran.

“Flowers” producer is Fabrizia Falzetti via her Rome-based FARout Films. Hero Talabani’s Sulifilm, based in Sulemany City in northern Iraq. Talabani also owns Kurdistan satellite channel Kurdsat, the first Kurdish satellite channel and the most popular onechannel. Kurdsat has been airing ads searching for extras and about 1,000 candidates have responded.

Gallic producer Vincent Macheras and his Lorival shingle, Swiss producer Marcel Hoehn and Swiss TV T&C are also on board as co-producers.

Located 150 miles north of Baghdad, Kirkuk was among Kurdish cities where Saddam used chemical weapons against Kurdish Iraqi civilians starting in the early 1980s. The romance at the center of “Flowers” is between a young woman from Baghdad and a Kurdish doctor who is trying to save the victims of Saddam’s attacks.

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