MADRID — New U.S. indie distrib Artsploitation Films has closed all U.S. rights on “Vanishing Waves,” a sci-fi romance helmed by Lithuania’s Kristina Buozyte, and sold by Matteo Lovadina’s Reel Suspects.
Deal includes a U.S. theatrical release by Artsploitation, the Philadelphia distrib founded by former TLA Releasing owner Raymond Murray.
“Waves,” one of Reel Suspects’ two best-selling titles of 2012, has closed with Sweden’s Njuta Films; France, U.K. and Italy are under negotiation.
The pic world premieres at the Karlovy Vary Festival, which opens Friday, in its East of West competition.
Pic is Buozyte’s first feature after student graduation film “The Collectress,” which won the best film Silver Crane at the 2008 Lithuanian national film and TV awards.
It stars Lithuania’s Marius Jampolskis, who won a best actor Crane for “The Collectress,” as a withdrawn neuron-transfer scientist who connects in an experiment with the surreal mind and erotic longings of a comatose young woman (Jurga Jutaite).
Highly stylized — French vidgame artist Bruno Samper co-wrote the screenplay and was pic’s creative director — “Waves” is produced by Ieva Norviliene at Lithuania’s Tremora, Paris’ Acajou Films and Belgium’s Les Films de Cinema.
“Exploring desire, identity and the links and contradictions of the body and mind, ‘Vanishing Waves’ links to the European tradition of auteur genre cinema, films made with large artistic ambitions and high-production values,” Lovadina said.