Richard Wolfe’s Breaking Glass Pictures has taken U.S. rights to “Love in the Time of Civil War,” which, sold by Matteo Lovadina’s Paris-based Reel Suspects, has also closed Italy (Open Reel), France (Optimale) and the U.K. (TLA), the last two territories in the final run-up to this week’s European Film Market.
The sales announcement comes at Reel Suspects has also added Thai Anucha Boonyawatana’s Panorama player “The Blue Hour” to its Berlin sales slate.
Directed by Montreal’s Rodrigue Jean, whose “Lost Song” won best Canadian feature at the 2008 Toronto Festival, docudrama “Love in the Time of Civil War” centers on Alex, a young addict who sells his body in Montreal. Along with Bruno, Simon, Jeanne, Eric and Velma, he’s caught up in a spiral of compulsion, hostage to society’s market logic, shuffling from one dingy apartment to the next, where desire becomes a lift raft between fixes.
Written by Ron Ladd, “Love” toplines TIFF rising star Alexandre Landry, who appeared in Louise Archambault’s Toronto hit “Gabrielle.” Depicting the milieu of Rodrigue Jean’s documentary “Men for Sale,” “Love” world premiered at last September’s Toronto Festival Contemporary Cinema Section.
“Boldly devoid of psychology or backstory, ‘Love in the Time of Civil War’ observes its fallen world with an unblinking gaze that gives the assorted acts of betrayal (both those committed by and against its protagonist) an eerie emotional weight,” wrote TIFF senior programmer Steve Gravestock.
He added: “A fearless and unrelenting account of addiction, it is a powerful addition to the oeuvre of one of Canada’s most intriguing film artists.”
Philadelphia-based Breaking Glass Pictures acquires movies mostly but not always from North America, both indie features and documentaries, which it sees as pushing the envelope and exploring new cinematic territory. Releases include Jules Stewart’s “K-11,” Xavier Dolan’s “Laurence Anyways,” Michael Mayer’s “Out in the Dark,” and Paraguay’s “7 Boxes.”
“Love” will market premiere at the Berlin European Film Market, screening in the Perspective Canada film series, backed by Telefilm Canada.
“It’s a dark, modern description of contemporary Montreal, with prostitution and drug problems but also a lot of love,” said Reel Suspects CEO Matteo Lovadina.
A murder mystery based on true events from first-time feature director Boonyawatana, “The Blue Hour” turns on the friendship between Tam, a loner gay boy, and Phum, whom he meets on the Internet. Phum leads Tam to commit the biggest crime of his life.
Donsaron Kovitvanitcha produces out of 185º Equator. Boonyawatana’s “Erotic Fragments No. 1, 2, 3” was in competition at the 2012 Berlin Festival.
“It’s very visual, sweet and sensitive film from an exciting first-time director,” Lovadina said.