Wellspring draws Israel’s ‘Nina’s’ for U.S.

Tel Aviv family dramedy to be released in 2005

Wellspring has acquired North American rights to Israeli director Savi Gabizon’s “Nina’s Tragedies,” which topped the 2003 domestic box office and won 11 national film awards including picture, actress and director.

Pic had its U.S. premiere in the World Cinema section at Sundance in January and was Israel’s official foreign-language Oscar submission in October.

The bittersweet comedic drama about love, divorce, death, resurrection and double identities chronicles a turbulent year in the life of a contemporary Tel Aviv family as seen through the eyes of a sensitive teenage boy in love with his beautiful aunt.

“Gabizon shows that there is room for grace and humor amidst the sadness and conflict of daily life in Israel,” Wellspring head of acquisitions Marie Therese Guirgis said. “The success he’s had in his native country is a testament to his talent.”

Guirgis and Wellspring acquisitions manager Rob Williams closed the deal with producer Anat Assoulin and producer-director Gabizon. Distrib is planning a first-quarter 2005 theatrical release, with video and DVD to follow.

Gotham-based Wellspring is a division of investment group American Vantage Media. Upcoming releases for the company include Andre Techine’s “Strayed,” Jean-Francois Pouliot’s “Seducing Doctor Lewis” and Anne Fontaine’s “Nathalie.”

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