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San Sebastian: ‘Barash’ Closes Australia, New Zealand (EXCLUSIVE)

Israeli Vinik’s debut plays at San Sebastian’s New Directors section

SAN SEBASTIAN— Jiff Distribution has acquired theatrical and fest rights to Australia and New Zealand on “Barash,” the first feature of Israel’s Micha Vinik, which is sold at San Sebastian by M-Appeal.

World premiering in San Sebastian on Sunday 20, where it competes in fest’s New Directors section, one of its key biggest sidebars, “Barash” is produced by Tel Aviv-based Lama Films. Vinik, who also wrote the screenplay, directed short “Srak,” which competed at Locarno, and “Bait,” which was presented at Sundance.

Hebrew-spoken “Barash” turns on the sexual discovery of a seventeen-year-old Naama, played by Sivan Noam Shimon. This unspools “against the backdrop of her deep disappointment with her family and a society that excludes anyone or anything that is different,” said Vinik. “’Barash’ is a portrait of detachment, of detached youths from a detached family from a detached country,” she added.

The Sapphic coming-of-age drama was welcomed by young auds at San Sebastian. A filmgoer tweeted: “It’s a more irreverent, direct and complex-free ‘Blue is the Warmest Color’ 2.0 version.”

“It’s a very accessible film with a crossover potential and we are certainly aiming for  theatrical distribution worldwide,” said M-Appeal CEO Maren Kroymann.

“The film is appealing not only to young audiences but also to an overall female target. It is a girls’ film with socio political critique as well as a good dose of emotion,”

M-Appeal is currently focusing on sales interest from territories such as U.S., Germany, Scandinavia, U.K. and France, Kroymann told Variety.

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