Latest sales on the film, which is directed by Toby Genkel and co-directed and written by Reza Memari, include deals with Italy (M2 Pictures), Poland (Kino Swiat), Portugal (Lusomundo), Australia/New Zealand (Rialto Distribution), Central and South America (LEDA Films), and Israel (Five Stars).
Other deals are for the Baltics (Garsu Pasaulio Irasai), Bulgaria (Pro Films), Hungary and Romania (ProRom), former Yugoslavia and Slovenia (Karantaneja), Turkey (TME), Ukraine (Ukrainian Film Distribution), Indonesia (Onevision Entertainment), and Malaysia (Suraya Film). Global Screen is in final negotiations for France.
The film follows the adventures of a sparrow called Richard, who is adopted by a family of storks. Richard is convinced he is a stork himself, and so when they migrate to Africa, he wants to go too. He starts hitchhiking through Europe, by bus, train, and boat, joined by an eccentric owl with an imaginary friend, and a narcissistic, disco-singing parakeet.
The movie was previously picked up for China (Spire Media), South Korea (Woo Sung Entertainment), India (Pictureworks), Philippines (Crystalsky Multimedia), Middle East (Gulf Film), and the CIS (Voxell). Wild Bunch will release the film in Germany.
The film is produced by Kristine Knudsen at Knudsen & Streuber Medienmanufaktur, and Emely Christians at Ulysses Filmproduktion, whose previous animated movie “Ooops! Noah Is Gone…” sold out worldwide and grossed more than 25 million euros ($27.6 million).
It is co-produced by Walking the Dog, Eric Goossens, Melusiné Prods., Stéphan Roelants, and Den Siste Skilling.