LONDON — London-based sales agency Film Republic has secured the international rights (excluding German-speaking Europe and France) to Patric Chiha’s feature documentary “Brothers of the Night,” which receives its world premiere in the Panorama section of the Berlin Film Festival on Feb. 16.
The film explores the world of a group of young Bulgarian Roma men, who moved to Vienna in search of adventure and freedom, but have ended up selling their bodies instead. They spend their nights servicing their customers, often lonely men living in public housing. There is a ray of comfort for this group in their feeling of togetherness, where they can be young and reckless.
The film, which is Chiha’s third feature, is produced by Vienna-based production outfit WILDart Film, headed by Ebba Sinzinger and Vincent Lucassen, whose credits include “Pianomania,” “Michael H.” and “The Forgotten Space.”
Sinzinger, Lucassen and Chiha previously collaborated on “Boys Like Us” in 2014, which was released in France and Germany and screened at numerous LGBT film festivals, and “Domaine,” starring Beatrice Dalle in 2009, which premiered in Venice and had its U.S. release in 2012.
In a previously announced deal, Film Republic will also be handling Adrian Saba’s second feature “The Dreamer,” which premieres in Generation at the Berlinale.