Toronto sales and distribution company 108 Media is partnering with Mark Urman’s New York indie Paladin to jointly release films in North America. The duo will kick off the pact with an initial slate of five recent 108 Media acquisitions to launch through the first quarter of 2013. Sally El Hosaini’s Sundance and Berlin entry “My Brother the Devil” is the first release (March 2013), trailer below.
Heading into the fall fest circuit the companies will jointly acquire new films. “My Brother the Devil” stars James Floyd as a young Londoner from a traditional Egyptian family who tries to break free from a violent street gang. He finds out that his brother is heading toward the life he’s trying to escape.
Also on the slate are two Slamdance documentay premieres: Alexandra Berger’s portrait of a pornographer, “Danlad,” and Todd Kellstein’s child Thai boxing expose “Buffalo Girls,” plus Akan Satayev’s Kazakhstan historical epic “Myn Bala: Warriors of the Steppe,” a likely Oscar submission, and animated feature “Leafie,” by Seong-yun Oh, an award-winning hit from Korea which will be dubbed into English.
108 Media’s ancillary arrangements include a combination of direct deals with certain platforms as well as select partnerships with established companies. “Thanks to Paladin and our new ancillary partners,” says CEO Abhi Rastogi, “we are now in a unique position to offer a full spectrum of services and a customized release strategy, both domestically and internationally, to a broad range of films and filmmakers worldwide.”