Berlin: Altitude Adds Sundance Winner ‘Fishing Without Nets’ to EFM Slate

Market line-up also includes Benedict Cumberbatch-starrer 'Blood Mountain,' ballet docu 'Bolshoi Babylon'

LONDON — Altitude Film Sales has added three titles to its sales slate at the European Film Market in Berlin: “Fishing Without Nets,” “Bolshoi Babylon” and Benedict Cumberbatch-starrer “Blood Mountain,” as revealed by Variety yesterday.

Fishing Without Nets,” which won the directing award in the U.S. Dramatic Competition section at Sundance, is the directorial feature debut of Cutter Hodiernem, whose short film of the same name won the Sundance Special Jury Prize in 2012.

Shot in East Africa using Somali non-actors, the film tells the story of an oil-tanker hijacking from the perspective of impoverished Somalis. A principled young fisherman, Abdi, struggling to support his family in the face of polluted water and a scarcity of fish, is lured into the perilous world of piracy.

“Bolshoi Babylon” ventures behind the scenes for the first time to reveal Russia’s national treasure, the Bolshoi, recently the focus of intrigue, personal attacks and lurid headlines.

The film, which is in production, is being directed by Nick Read (“The Condemned”) and produced by Mark Franchetti, BAFTA nominated for “Terror in Moscow,” with two-time Academy Award-winner Simon Chinn (“Searching for Sugar Man,” “Man on Wire”) serving as executive producer.

Altitude will also be selling “Blood Mountain,” an action-adventure set in the mountains between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Pic stars Benedict Cumberbatch.

Written by Jonathan W. Stokes and John Romano, the film will be directed by Sergei Bodrov, twice Oscar nominated for foreign-language film with “Mongol” and “Prisoner of the Mountains.”

UTA Independent Film Group will rep North American rights.

Mike Runagall, managing director of Altitude Film Sales, said, “We are thrilled to bring three new films to Berlin as part of our slate. Each film is fresh and distinctive, telling a uniquely compelling story that will connect with international audiences. Our first full year delivered great results and we look forward to further building on this as we begin a new market season.”

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