Berlinale: Films Boutique Acquires Sundance Prize Winner ‘Butterflies’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Tolga Karaçelik’s third feature segues from Sundance to the European Film Market

Berlin-based Films Boutique has acquired world sales rights outside Turkey to “Butterflies,” which won the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic at last month’s Sundance Festival.

Pic is directed by Turkey’s Tolga Karaçelik, whose 2015 feature “Ivy” also played in Sundance’s World Cinema: Dramatic section.

Butterflies” turns on three adult siblings who, summoned to their home village by their estranged father, face up to their shared but troubled past.

“Turkish writer-director Tolga Karaçelik’s heartsore, ruefully funny third feature ‘Butterflies’ sets up a familiarly dysfunctional family reunion, only to make several surprising switches in tone,” said a Variety Sundance review.

“Butterflies” is produced by Karaçelik, Diloy Gülün, founder of Karma Films and Metin Anter, founder of  production-distribution house Chantier Film, which will handle the film’s Turkish release.

Gülun, Anter  and Jean-Christophe Simon and Gabor Greiner from Films Boutique negotiated the deal.

“‘Butterflies’ is a “director-driven crowdpleaser,” Simon said, calling it “a funny and very emotional road trip influenced by U.S. independent film.”


“Butterflies” continues the support of Films Boutique. part of the Europe-wide Playtime group, for new directorial voices from around the world, such as Israel’s Ofir Raul Graizer, director of “The Cakemaker,” one of the biggest hits at last year’s Karlovy Vary, and Austria’s Katharina Mueckstein whose first feature, “L’Animale,” world premieres as a Berlinale Panorama Special.

Popular on Variety

More Film

  • Aaron Janus Lionsgate

    Lionsgate Hires 'A Quiet Place' Producer Aaron Janus as Senior VP of Production

    Lionsgate has hired Aaron Janus as its new senior vice president of production and promoted Meredith Wieck to the post of vice president of production.  Prior to Lionsgate, Janus served as Platinum Dunes’ head of development, where he oversaw filmmakers Brad Fuller, Andrew Form and Michael Bane. There, he brought in “A Quiet Place,” on [...]

  • Ang Lee Reveals First Look at

    Ang Lee on 'Gemini Man' and De-Aging Will Smith

    On paper, Ang Lee’s “Gemini Man” is a standard-issue, shoot ’em up with Will Smith playing a deadly assassin who must battle a younger clone of himself. The explosions and gun battles aren’t what drew Lee to the project, even if they’re the reason that most people will show up at theaters when it opens [...]

  • Hopper Reserve

    Dennis Hopper's Dying Wish: His Own Strain of Marijuana

    Even as celebrity brands are starting to flood the emerging Cannabis market, Hopper Reserve stands out. The brand was launched by Marin Hopper, Dennis Hopper’s daughter from his marriage to Brooke Hayward. Hopper Reserve is a gram of California indoor-grown flower, two packs of rolling papers, a pair of matches and a trading card either [...]

  • Sean Clarke Aardman Staff Photography Bristol.Pic

    Aardman Appoints Sean Clarke as New Managing Director

    Aardman, the Oscar-winning animation studio behind “Chicken Run” and “Early Man,” has appointed Sean Clarke as its new managing director, replacing co-founder David Sproxton, who is stepping down after 43 years. Clarke has worked at the British studio for more than 20 years, including heading the international rights and marketing department for over a decade. [...]

  • The Antenna

    Toronto Film Review: 'The Antenna'

    Jump scares, creepy noises and the tease of hidden-from-view dangers are all fine. But a truly frightening horror film unsettles with more than its crafts, but instead through the vulnerability of defenseless people stuck with bad options only. First-time writer-director Orçun Behram’s highly stylized and mildly disturbing “The Antenna,” a metaphor on Turkey’s current ruling [...]

  • Ad Astra Box Office

    Box Office Battle: 'Ad Astra' Takes on 'Rambo: Last Blood' and 'Downton Abbey'

    “Hustlers” and “Good Boys” proved that even in the age of Marvel dominance and remake mania, movies that don’t exist within an established franchise can still be box office draws. Can “Ad Astra” continue that trend? The space drama — starring Brad Pitt and directed by James Gray — arrives on the big screen this [...]

  • Harvey Weinstein Accuser Lucia Evans Breaks

    Harvey Weinstein Accuser Lucia Evans Breaks Silence After D.A. Dropped Charge

    Lucia Evans gave a wrenching account on Tuesday of her efforts to hold Harvey Weinstein responsible for sexual assault, saying she felt betrayed after the Manhattan D.A.’s office dropped her allegations last year. Evans spoke to Variety after giving a speech at a conference on influencer fraud in Manhattan, making her first public comments on [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content