Side Ratio and Hope Runs Excessive have struck a deal to offer North American theatrical and non-theatrical releases to dystopian German movie “We Might as Well Be Dead,” from first-time filmmaker Natalia Sinelnikova.
The 2023 theatrical distribution of the movie within the U.S. and Canada might be a partnership between the 2 corporations and be adopted by a digital launch later within the yr. Jordan Mattos of Side Ratio will oversee the non-theatrical distribution. The rights deal was struck with the movie’s Amsterdam- and Beijing-based gross sales agent Fortissimo Movies.
The movie, which focuses on the residents of an house block located on the sting of a forest and the inhabitants’ more and more paranoid conduct, had its world premiere in February this yr within the Perspektive Deutsches Kino part of the Berlin movie competition. “On the movie’s heart is the ability of concern – a self-replicating system that may shatter social cohesion, and has lengthy dictated present social and political discourses,” mentioned the competition.
“Natalia has made a daring movie that requires equally daring methods of discovering audiences. I’m excited to be collaborating with Hope Runs Excessive on a launch that matches the ingenuity of her filmmaking,” mentioned Mattos.
After debuting on the Berlinale, the movie had its worldwide premiere at Tribeca, the place it gained the cinematography prize. It has gone on the display screen at quite a few different festivals together with Galway IFF, Fantasia IFF, Melbourne IFF, Implausible Movie Fest and the Sitges Movie Competition.
Rights to the movie have additionally been acquired for Mexico (by Bestiario Movies), Scandinavia and the Baltics by Non Cease Leisure, for the Czech Republic and Slovakia by Movie Europe, and for Australia by SBS TV. The German home launch was dealt with by Eksystent Movie.
“We’re thrilled to be bringing Natalia Sinelnikova’s splendidly watchable concoction of style and social consciousness to North American moviegoers,” mentioned Hope Runs Excessive curator Taylor Purdee. “Introducing a brand new voice in world cinema is a privilege.”
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“We’re very excited to see this spot-on satire attain an increasing number of audiences throughout the globe. I imagine that exhibiting this movie in North America and particularly to college students could have a huge impact. The movie is eye-opening and distinctive,” mentioned Gabrielle Rozing of Fortissimo Movies.