You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

TLA Releasing Takes U.S. Rights to ‘Grimsey’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Queer love story screens at Mexico’s Guadalajara Fest

New York-based TLA Releasing has taken all U.S. rights to Richard García and Raúl Portero’s “Grimsey,” a queer love story drama sold by Italy’s The Open Reel. “Grimsey” will play at Mexico’s Guadalajara International Film Festival, which kicked off March 9, in a Special Screening session.

“Grimsey” is produced by Los Angeles’ LA Panda, Barcelona’s Doce Entertainment and Madrid’s Pony Films. David Matamoros and Ángeles Hernández at Zentropa Spain act as co-producers. One of most proactive and chameleonic producers in Catalonia, Matamoros is serving on the jury of Guadalajara’s Maguey Award.

The feature follows Bruno as he searches for a former love. A local tour guide in Reykjavik, Arnau, join Bruno’s grieving search, which is set in the gorgeously austere Icelandic landscape, embodying the end of the relationship.

“We fell in love with this romantic story, made of by a search for a beloved, which also becomes the main protagonist’s inner exploration,” Cosimo Santoro, The Open Reel CEO told Variety.

“Grimsey” marks the feature debut of both directors, its actors and writers. García’s short “Taboulé” was selected by MoMA and the Film Society Lincoln Center for the New Directors/New Films Festival.

“There is a wide range of indies movies exploring the breadth of queer stories with ever-expanding joy and nuance. And they are finding their audiences,” Matamoros added, saying that 2017 was “an extraordinary year for LGTBQ cinema and we are proud of having our little film in there.”

“‘Grimsey’s’ power lies in bucking some LGBT stereoptypes by telling a universal story without seeking the normalization of his characters,” lA Panda’s Pau Brunet added.

Also starring Nacho San José, David Krohnert and Fanny Gautier, “Grimsey” world-premiered at India’s Pune International Film Festival.

More Film

  • Nadine Labaki

    Cannes: Nadine Labaki to Head Un Certain Regard Jury

    Lebanese filmmaker Nadine Labaki has been named president of the jury for Un Certain Regard in Cannes. The Festival said Labaki had been chosen after “moving hearts and minds at the last Festival de Cannes with her Academy Award- and Golden Globe-nominated ‘Capernaum,’ which won the Jury Prize.” The organizers noted Labaki’s films have all [...]

  • Osmosis

    Netflix Unveils Four More French Originals, 'Gims,' 'Anelka,' 'Move,' 'Of Earth And Blood'

    As it prepares to open a fully-staffed office in France and ramp up its investment in local originals, Netflix has unveiled three new documentaries, “Move” (working title), “Gims” (working title), and “Anelka” (working title), and the feature film “Of Earth And Blood” while at Series Mania in Lille. Announced during a panel with Netflix’s commissioning [...]

  • Miramax Developing 'I Won't Be Home

    Film News Roundup: Miramax Developing 'I Won't Be Home for Christmas'

    In today’s film news roundup, “I Won’t Be Home for Christmas” is in the works, the NFL has made a documentary about female team owners and D Street Pictures has signed Kenny Gage and Devon Downs to direct the dance feature “Move.” HOLIDAY PROJECT Miramax has acquired film rights to Lauren Iungerich’s holiday-themed screenplay “I [...]

  • Michael B. Jordan arrives at the

    Michael B. Jordan to Star in Warner Bros.' 'Methuselah' Movie

    Michael B. Jordan will produce and star in a “Methuselah” movie for Warner Bros., based on the Biblical story of a man who lived to be 969 years old. Jordan will produce through his Outlier Society production company along with Heyday’s David Heyman and Jeffrey Clifford. Warner Bros. has been developing the project for many [...]

  • Davids Chief Piera Detassis on Revamping

    Davids Chief Piera Detassis on Revamping Italy's Top Film Awards

    Piera Detassis recently became the first woman to head the David di Donatello Awards, Italy’s equivalent of the Oscars. Since then she’s been busy overhauling the inner workings of the prizes that will be awarded on Wednesday. Detassis, also the editor of Italian film publication Ciak, spoke exclusively to Variety about the challenges she’s faced [...]

  • Matteo Garrone's 'Dogman' Leads Davids Awards

    Matteo Garrone's 'Dogman' Leads Davids Awards Race

    With 15 nominations Matteo Garrone’s “Dogman” leads the pack of contenders for Italy’s David di Donatello Awards in a watershed year for the country’s top film nods that sees highbrow auteur titles reaping most of the David love just as local box-office grosses hit an all-time low. Garrone’s gritty revenge drama is followed closely with [...]

  • steven spielberg Apple TV Plus

    Steven Spielberg's Apple Appearance Riles Up Social Media: 'Big Old Mixed Message'

    Many Hollywood heavyweights flocked to Apple’s Cupertino, Calif. headquarters to help reveal the tech giant’s revamped steaming service Apple TV+ on Monday — but one such legend was so polarizing he became a national trending topic on Twitter for simply showing his face. Steven Spielberg was the first to appear in a dramatic short film [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content