Pyramide Intl. Boards Etienne Kallos’ ‘The Harvesters’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Pyramide Intl. is kicking off the Toronto Intl. Film Festival with the acquisition of Etienne Kallos’ feature debut “The Harvesters,” as well as three pics slated for the festival: Paolo and Vittorio Taviani’s “Rainbow — a Private Affair,” Annemarie Jacir’s “Wajib” and Tonie Marshall’s “Number One.”

“The Harvesters,” now in post-production, charts the childhood of a sheltered Afrikaans teenager whose life starts to unravel after his parents bring home an orphan. The film was presented at Venice Film Festival’s Final Cut sidebar, which is dedicated to films in post and hosted within the industry forum Venice Production Bridge.

Kallos is an emerging Greek-South African director whose short “First Born” won a prize at Venice in 2009 and his 2007 short “Doorman” played at Cannes’s Cinefondation and Sundance’s short film program.

“The Harvesters” is produced by France’s Cine de Facto, South Africa’s Spier Films, Poland’s Lava Films and Greece’s Heretic. The film will be delivered in the spring.

Pyramide is in Toronto with “Rainbow,” a WWII-set drama directed by the Taviani brothers (playing in Masters); Tonie Marshall’s “Number One,” a timely drama starring Emmanuelle Devos as a top-level executive at a French energy company who faces many obstacles in a male-dominated work environment (playing in Special Presentations); and “Wajib,” about a thirtysomething Palestinian working as an architect in Rome who travels to his hometown of Nazareth to help prepare his sister’s wedding. “Wajib” (pictured above) has been selected to represent Palestine in the foreign-language Oscar race.

Agathe Valentin, who heads international sales at Pyramide, said the company was planning a substantial local release on Oct. 11 across approximately 200 screens for “Number One.” The movie, which is based on Marshall’s meticulous research within France’s corporate world, is being backed by big sponsors such as Coca-Cola in France and will come out in time for the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society in Deauville. “Number One” has already been picked up for Benelux, China, Israel and Switzerland.

One of the highlights of Pyramide’s current roster is Hubert Charuel’s topical thriller “Bloody Milk,” which world-premiered at Cannes’ Critics Week and has had a strong run at the French box office, grossing an estimated 821,000 euros ($1 million)  from 130,000 tickets since opening on Aug.30. Pyramide is distributing the film in France.

“Bloody Milk” stars Swann Arlaud as a dairy farmer obsessed with his work who will stop at nothing to save his cows from the threat of an epidemic disease.

Popular on Variety

More Film

  • Dan Stevens

    Dan Stevens Joins Netflix Comedy 'Eurovision'

    “Legion” star Dan Stevens has joined the cast of Netflix feature “Eurovision,” alongside Will Ferrell, Rachel McAdams and Pierce Brosnan. The British actor, who made his name in “Downton Abbey” and recently finished a three-year run on FX’s “X-Men” spin-off “Legion” from Noah Hawley, will play Alexander Lemtov, a Russian contestant taking part in the [...]


    Tim Roth, Clive Owen-Starrer 'The Song Of Names' To Close San Sebastian

    Starring Clive Owen and Tim Roth, Canadian François Girard’s historical drama “The Song of Names” will close the 67th San Sebastian Festival on Sept. 28. World premiering at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival as a Gala Presentation, “The Song of Names” will play out of competition at what will be its international premiere. Hanway Films [...]

  • Dogwoof Boards Venice-Bound Imelda Marcos Doc

    Dogwoof Boards Venice-Bound Imelda Marcos Documentary ‘The Kingmaker’ (EXCLUSIVE)

    Dogwoof has boarded Lauren Greenfield’s “The Kingmaker,” about Imelda Marcos, the former first lady of the Philippines. The hotly anticipated feature doc delves into the disturbing legacy of the Marcos regime and Imelda’s attempts to aid her son’s political career. It will have its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival and then screen at [...]

  • Yao Chen in “Send Me to

    Cheng Cheng Films Nabs North American Rights to China's 'Send Me to the Clouds'

    New York-based distributor Cheng Cheng Films has acquired North American rights to first-time Chinese director Teng Congcong’s comedy drama “Send Me to the Clouds,” starring and produced by A-list actress Yao Chen. The company is planning a theatrical release for fall 2019. “Cheng Cheng has always championed films with strong female leads,” the firm said [...]

  • A White White Day

    Film Movement Brings ‘A White, White Day’ to the U.S. (EXCLUSIVE)

    OSLO  —  New-York based distributor Film Movement has acquired U.S. rights to critically-lauded Icelandic drama “A White, White Day,” today’s opening film at New Nordic Films in Haugesund. In a separate deal, sales agent New Europe Film Sales has closed French-speaking Canada with Funfilm and English-speaking Canada with Game Theory. Hlynur Pálmason’s sophomore pic, “A [...]

  • (from left) Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham)

    Korea Box Office: ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Topples ‘Exit,’ ‘Roar to Victory’  

    Opening on Wednesday, “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw” debuted on top of the South Korean box office. Showing on some 1,311 screens nationwide, the UPI release earned $15.1 million from 2.03 million admissions over five days. That included the four-day National Liberation Day weekend. “The Battle: Roar to Victory” remained in second. The [...]

  • Tracy Morgan Netflix stand-up special

    Film News Roundup: Tracy Morgan Joins Eddie Murphy's 'Coming 2 America'

    In today’s film news roundup, Tracy Morgan and Michael Rooker book roles in major movies, and Gravitas buys “Christmas Break-In.” CASTINGS Tracy Morgan has signed on to appear in Eddie Murphy’s “Coming 2 America” sequel as the brother of Lesley Jones’ character. “Hustle & Flow” helmer Craig Brewer is directing the project with Murphy, Kevin [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content