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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.

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