Berlin: Yellow Affair Closes Sales on

Scandinavian sales shingle The Yellow Affair has closed key territories on Virginia Gilbert’s romance-drama “A Long Way From Home” and Finnish helmer Dome Karukoski’s controversial drama “Heart of a Lion.”

A drama about a neo-Nazi man who falls in love for a woman whose son is black, “Lion” sold to Australia/New Zealand (Vendetta), Russia (Starlet), Estonia (Estinfilm), Hungary (Vertigo) and Czech Republic and Slovakia (Film Europe).

Karukoski, who won the director to watch award in Palm Springs, was recently signed by ICM. He’s now working on a “Tom Of Finland” biopic.

“Home” was picked up by Corinth for the U.S. and Kinosmith for Canada. It centers around a retired couple whose chance encounter changes their lives.

Gilbert previously earned a BAFTA nom for her 2007 short “Hesitation.”
 
In Berlin, The Yellow Affair has started pre-selling Finnish auteur Mika Kaurismaki’s  “The Girl King,” a biopic of Swedish Queen Kristina.

Other titles on the sales outfit’s Berlin slate include “Broken Hill Blues” which is playing in the Generation 14plus section,  Chema Rodriguez’  drama “Nightfall in India,” and Randy Murray’s documentary “The Joe Show.”

Directed by Sofia Norlin, “Blues”  (“Omheten”) depicts the dreams and hopes of young people living in an isolated mining village.  Pic won best cinematography at Sweden’s National Film Awards. It stars Sebastian Hiort, Lina Leandersson and Alfred Juntti.

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