After pre-selling Paolo Virzi’s “The Leisure Seeker” to major territories at Toronto, Bac Films is expanding its slate of auteur-driven English-language movies with Babak Jalali’s contemporary Western “Land.”
Penned and directed by Jalali, “Land” portrays the downfall of a Native American family living on a reservation and plagued by the death of the youngest son during military service in Afghanistan.
Repped by Bac Films’ head of sales Gilles Sousa, “Land” will start shooting on Nov. 7 in Mexico. Italy’s Asmara Films, France’s The Cup of Tea, Mexico’s Piano Prods. and Dutch outfit Topkapi Films are producing.
“Land” marks Jalali’s third feature, following “Frontier Blues,” which premiered at Locarno in 2009 and “Radio Dreams,” which won this year’s Tiger Award at Rotterdam.
The movie’s strong key crew includes art director Dimitri Capuani, whose credits include “Gangs of New York,” and cinematographer Agnes Godard (“The Dreamlife of Angels”).
Bac Films will distribute “Land” in France on top of handling international sales.
Since being taken over by David Grumbach, Bac Films has been ramping up the acquisition of English-language projects. The company’s current sales roster includes the “The Third Wave” starring Ellen Page.
Sousa, who is starting pre-sales on “Land” at AFM, said Bac Films was now looking to handle three to four English-language films per year.