Gallic sales outfit adds to slate
Wide Management has acquired international sales rights to “The Children’s Republic,” Flora Gomes’ West Africa-set drama about child soldiers, and Berlin Forum player “Cold Bloom,” directed by Japanese helmer Atsushi Funahashi.Starring Danny Glover, “Republic” depicts an imaginary totalitarian regime ruled by children, shot in English and Portuguese in Mozambique. Wide Management reps a range of politically and socially-engaged world cinema titles and handles films dealing with West Africa and the Maghreb, said Wide Management boss Loic Magneron, citing “Faro: Goddess of the Waters” and “Mortu Negra,” also directed by Gomes. Wide will host “Republic’s” first market screening at Berlin on Feb. 11. “Cold Bloom” is set in a small industrial town in Japan ravaged by the Fukushima nuclear reactor disaster. It turns on a young woman dealing with the accidental death of her husband who was working with her at a factory. “Bloom” will world preem in Berlin’s Forum section on Feb. 11. In run-up to Berlin, Wide Management’s sales team, headed by Clementine Hugot, sold Eva Neymann’s WWII-set drama “The House With a Turret,” which won a prize at last year’s Karlovy Vary, to France (A3 Distribution); and Jean-Claude Brisseau’s “The Girl From Nowhere,” which won top kudos at Locarno, to the U.K. (Matchbox). Hugot said Matchbox is planning a theatrical release for “Nowhere” in May. A3 is aiming to release “Turret,” about an 8-year-old who travels back to the Soviet Union at the end of WWII and is orphaned when his mother dies, around Nov. 20 to mark Intl. Children’s Rights Day. “Nowhere” centers on a retired maths teacher whose solitary life take an unexpected turn when he meets a homeless woman with paranormal talents. At Berlin, Wide House, the documentary banner of Wide Management, is kicking off sales on “Exposed: The Carlyle Group” and “My Father and the Man in Black,” directed by Jonathan Holiff, the son of Johnny Cash’s longtime manager. Pulling from his father’s audiotaped journals and archives, Holiff’s doc gives an intimate look at Cash in the 1960s and 1970s.