Film Factory Takes San Sebastian Competition

Suspense drama will also screen for buyers at Toronto

Bulwarking its already powerful Spanish pic lineup, Film Factory Entertainment has acquired world sales rights to “Flowers” (“Loreak”), a flagship contempo Basque movie production.

Made by Film Factory’s Vicente Canales Monday, the pick-up announcement comes just four days before the Toronto Festival, where “Loreak” will be screened to buyers.

Produced by Irusoin and Moriarti, “Flowers” then world premieres at Spain’s San Sebastian Festival, where it will be the first movie ever shot in Basque to play in the Festival’s main competition.

A suspense drama about longing and crossed identities from writer-director duo Jon Garano and Jose Mari Goenaga, “Flowers” turns on three women who lives are changed by the presence of flowers.

Ana’s life takes a turn, for example, when she begins to receive weekly flowers from an anonymous sender; Tere and Lourdes’ lives are also affected after a weekly bouquet appears at the scene of a car accident in memory of someone important in their lives.

Garano and Goenaga commented: “According to the context in which they’re given, who sees or receives them, the meaning of flowers can change radically. Something so empty in principle of meaning as flowers can become the most certain of messages and change the recipient’s reality,” the directors commented.

“Flowers” is a beautiful film and it perfectly suits our slate of quality films with commercial potential. This film has something special truly different, just what buyers are looking for,” said Film Factory’s Vicente Canales.

“The latest from the directors of the international award-winning ‘For 80 Days,’ ‘Flowers’ confirms the talent of these up-and-coming directors of high-quality films from Spain,” added producer Xabier Berzosa, adding that “Flowers” also turns on “memory, how the passage of time makes people interpret things in a different way and the only valid thing is reconciliation, with the world and oneself.”

“Flowers” was co-written by Aitor Arregi. Production houses Moriarti and Irusoin, producer Berzosa, d.p. Javier Agirre Erauso and editor Raul Lopez all repeat from “For 80 Days,” Garano and Goenaga’s groundbreaking debut.

The story of a seventy-something farmer’s wife who rediscovers lesbian desire after reconnecting with a friend from her youth, “Days” screened at over 100 festivals, including Karlovy Vary, San Sebastian, Cairo and the Montreal World Film Festival. It won over 30 kudos, including the San Sebastian Film Commission Prize and and Sebastiane Prize for best LGBT movie, making it the most-laurelled of Basque-language films to date, Berzosa said.

Sold by the producers, then sales company Latido, “Days” wracked up multiple international sales, especially in Europe, where it closed France, Germany, Scandinavia, Germany and Russia, among major territories. In France, Epicentre released “80 Days” in Basque on more Basque-language copies than it enjoyed bowing in Spain.

“Flowers” high-profile berth at the most international of Spanish-world festivals is a natural step-up. “Flowers” looks set for another strong fest run after San Sebastian.

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