LONDON — Global Screen has picked up worldwide distribution rights to cross-cultural drama “Zagros,” the latest production from Belgium’s A Private View (“Vincent,” “Moscow, Belgium”). Global Screen is selling the film at the Toronto Film Festival.
“While Zagros, a young Kurd, is herding his sheep in the mountains, his pregnant wife Havin is accused of infidelity by her in-laws,” according to a press statement. “In a culture where that is as good as a death sentence, she flees to Belgium together with her 9-year-old daughter Rayhan. Convinced of her innocence and confident that they can build a new life together, Zagros smuggles himself to the West to join them. But when Zagros’ father arrives and moves in with them he successfully plants the poisonous seeds of doubt as to Havin’s fidelity in his son’s mind.”
“International audiences and especially fans of high-quality, art-house drama will take to this tragically moving story of a husband and wife trapped in their cultural roots,” Julia Weber, head of theatrical sales at Global Screen, said.
Global Screen previously partnered with A Private View on “Moscow, Belgium,” which won three awards in Critics’ Week at Cannes in 2008.
Producer Dries Phlypo said: “I have seldom been so gripped by a script. The viewer is constantly next to Zagros as he is torn between his loyalty to his family and especially to his father, to whom he owes everything. We share his desperation and also his doubts as to his wife’s fidelity: We want to know, as does he, has she betrayed him or not?”
The film is the feature debut of director Sahim Omar Kalifa, and co-written by Kalifa and Jean-Claude Van Rijckeghem. Cineart will handle the theatrical release in Benelux. It is a co-production with the Netherland’s Viking Film and Belgium’s Man’s Films.