M-Appeal Offers 'Julia' Venice Buyers

Docu centers on transsexual prostitute in Berlin

LONDON — Berlin-based world sales house M-Appeal has picked up J. Jackie Baier’s docu “Julia,” which world preems in the Venice Days sidebar at the Venice Film Festival.

The Germany-Lithuania co-production tells the story of transsexual Julia K., who started out as a young man at art-school in Lithuania and now works as a prostitute in Berlin.

Venice Days commented: “A film that can’t be pigeonholed, the unfiltered vision of a raw, extreme reality, ‘Julia’ marks a milestone in reality cinema, with the camera no longer a simple eye-witness but an accomplice or first-hand observer of a person whose identity defies all labels.“

Other pics on the slate of M-Appeal, which is headed by Maren Kroymann, include Elina Psykou’s “The Eternal Return of Antonis Paraskevas” and Yury Bykov’s “The Major,” which both screen in Toronto, and Tudor Cristian Jurgiu’s “The Japanese Dog,” which world preems in San Sebastian.

Recent additions to the line up include Adam Csaszi’s “Land of Storms” and Alan Fischer’s “Son of Trauco.”

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