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Big World Picks Up U.S. Rights to Romania’s Oscar Entry ‘Aferim!’

BERLIN – The U.S. rights to Radu Jude’s “Aferim!,” which was selected on Tuesday to be Romania’s entry in the foreign-language film Oscar category, have been acquired by Big World Pictures.

Beta Cinema is handling international rights to the film, which won the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. The Romanian/Bulgarian/Czech co-production had its world premiere at the Berlinale this year, and will play U.S. festivals in the months ahead, in anticipation of an early 2016 theatrical release.

Jude’s third feature is set in Eastern Europe in 1835. Two riders cross a barren landscape in the middle of Wallachia. They are the gendarme Costandin and his son. Together they are searching for a gypsy slave who has run away from his nobleman master and is suspected of having an affair with the noble’s wife. On their odyssey they encounter people of different nationalities and beliefs. Each harbors prejudices against the others, which have been passed down from generation to generation.

“Aferim!” was produced by Ada Solomon’s Hi Film, which also produced Berlin’s Golden Bear winner “Child’s Pose.”

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