MADRID — Riding the wave of new Barcelona-based filmmaking, indie sales company Kevin Williams Associates has taken international sales rights to two standout out-there Catalan films: Marc Recha’s “August Days” and Julio D. Wallovits’ “The Chair.”
Playing Locarno and Toronto, the exquisitely-framed and ravishingly-shot “August Days,” a leisurely road movie, follows two twin brothers as they mope around the Catalan countryside, happening upon a reservoir of weird natural beauty.
“Chair” is Argentine-born Wallovits’ first solo outing after he broke through to fame co-directing his debut “Smoking Room” in 2002.
Set on an monotone industrial estate, the allegory of modern-day alienation turns on a man who sets his heart on acquiring a chair from a bric-a-brac shop. His only identifiable passion will prove his undoing.
Both pics typify the more off-kilter fare being made by many young filmmakers in Catalonia.
In a separate move, KWA will also handle international on “The Last Gaze,” written and directed by Mexican Patricia Arriaga, the sister of famed screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga (“21 Grams”).
Pic narrates the relationship between a painter who’s losing his sight and a young prostitute. Co-financed by Mexico’s IMCINE Film Institute, Arriaga’s debut won the audience award at this year’s Guadalajara Intl. Film Festival in Mexico.
KWA has repped other IMCINE-sourced films such as “De la calle” and “Perfume de violetas.”
“The new pick ups mark KWA’s interest in repping the best of new Catalan cinema and continue its relationship with IMCINE,” said KWA prexy Kevin Williams.