You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Toronto: The Match Factory Picks Up Semih Kaplanoglu’s ‘Grain’ (EXCLUSIVE)

A genetic crisis leads to massive crop failure in 'Grain'

The Match Factory has picked up international rights to Semih Kaplanoglu’s “Grain,” continuing a long-running relationship between the sales and finance company and the director, who won the Berlin Golden Bear with “Honey.” The Match Factory will be presenting the project to buyers at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival.

“Grain” is a dystopian story set in a society where global corporations have established cities and agricultural zones are only available to genetically “compatible” elites. For unknown reasons, a genetic crisis leads to massive crop failure. But genetics specialist Erol Erin embarks on a journey to the Dead Lands, where he hopes to find the truth.

“Grain,” which is in post-production, is being produced by Kaplan Film, and co-produced by Heimatfilm, Sophie Dulac Prods. and the Chimney Pot.

“With each new technology, we invent a new ethical concept in order to convince ourselves that this technology is good for humanity and nature,” said Kaplanoglu. “The intrinsic nature of all the blessings that humans enjoy — like water, air and soil — is changing drastically. ‘Grain’ tries to clarify and distinguish the mysterious tie that binds humans with other humans as well as with nature, and with animate and inanimate objects.”

“With ‘Grain,’ Kaplanoglu expresses a very strong view of what the world might look like if science was dominated solely by corporate objectives,” said Michael Weber, managing director of The Match Factory.

“In our modern society dominated by scientific reason, ‘Grain’ provides another approach to understand universal problems of humanity,” added Kaplan Film’s Nadir Operli.

“Experienced agriculturalists predict that our fields and soil will be exhausted in around 50 years if the cultivation methods of today are continued,” Heimatfilm’s Johannes Rexin said.

More Film

  • Fox Searchlight logo

    Film News Roundup: Fox Searchlight Launches Searchlight Shorts

    In today’s film news roundup, Fox Searchlight starts a shorts channel, Uma Thurman signs with ICM and Miramax signs animation exec Michael Lachance. SEARCHLIGHT SHORTS Fox Searchlight Pictures’ chairmen Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula have announced the launch of “Searchlight Shorts” as a collection of short films. The shorts are available on Fox Searchlight’s YouTube [...]

  • ImMature - cr: MX Player

    Indian Streamers Ramp up Original Productions

    Ever since global streaming giants Amazon Prime Video and Netflix entered the Indian OTT space in 2016, the conversation around original series has mostly revolved around them, thanks in part to market leader 21st Century Fox’s Hotstar’s circumspect attitude at the time about producing content. Netflix had great success with “Sacred Games,” while Amazon rode [...]

  • WGA Agents Contract Tug of War

    Hollywood Agents, Writers Guild Make Little Progress in Talks

    Leaders of Hollywood agencies and the Writers Guild of America made little progress in Tuesday meeting to negotiate proposed rule revisions to how agents represent writers. The WGA said after the meeting — the fifth since Feb. 5 — that talks would resume later this week but did not give a specific day. “The Agencies [...]

  • Village Rockstars

    Female Filmmakers Are a Growing Voice in India

    The Indian film industry has historically been a male-dominated one, but the winds of change are blowing across the country, albeit slowly. Better-served than the rest of the country is the Mumbai-based Hindi-language industry, where there are several active female filmmakers including Zoya Akhtar (“Gully Boy”), Reema Kagti (“Gold”), Leena Yadav (“Rajma Chawal”), Gauri Shinde [...]

  • Florence Pugh

    Scarlett Johansson's 'Black Widow' Movie Adds Florence Pugh

    “Black Widow’s” web may soon be growing. Sources tell Variety that Florence Pugh is in talks to join Scarlett Johansson’s standalone superhero film. Pugh has been on the hot list for this second lead role since last fall, but Marvel wanted to open up the field to other actresses at the beginning of the year. [...]

  • Mira Lesmana Sets up Indonesia Remake

    Mira Lesmana Sets Up Indonesian Remake of CJ's 'Sunny'

    Indonesia’s Miles Film and Korea’s CJ Entertainment are to co-produce an Indonesian remake of Korean hit “Sunny.” The film is a female-driven dramedy about a group of adult friends who reunite 20 years after high school. Directed by Kang Hyoung-chul, “Sunny” was one of the highest-grossing movies in Korea when it was released in 2011. [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content