NEW YORK — IFC Films has landed all domestic rights to “Turtles Can Fly,” the Iran-Iraq co-production that piqued a flurry of interest at the Toronto Film Festival, where it debuted.
Written, directed and produced by Iranian auteur Bahman Ghobadi (“A Time for Drunken Horses”), “Fly” follows a 13-year-old boy who is the dynamic leader of kids who sweep mine fields in Kurdistan. Pic, which stars non-pro child actors, is set on the eve of the American invasion of Iraq.
“Fly” is Iran’s official Oscar entry in the foreign-language category this year.
The film gained wide interest from execs in Toronto, with DreamWorks’ specialty Go Fish label reportedly in the hunt.
IFC Entertainment prexy Jonathan Sehring and acquisitions exec Sarah Lash brokered the pact with overseas sales banner BAC Films.