108 Media and Paladin have jointly acquired worldwide rights to Musa Syeed's “Valley of Saints,” which screened in the world cinema dramatic competition at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The companies plan a North American release this summer, with foreign rights being sold at the European Film Market during the Berlin film festival.
“Valley of Saints” tells the story of a ferryman on a lake in Kashmir whose world is opened when he meets a young scientist come to study the effects of pollution on the water. The film won the audience award for world cinema dramatic and the Alfred P. Sloan feature film prize at the 2012 Sundance fest, and it is up for the best cinematography award at the Independent Spirits this year. Nicholas Bruckman of People's Television, Inc. produced.
"‘Valley of Saints’ is an exquisite film that feels like the work of a master despite the fact that Musa is only his in his 20's!” said Paladin president Mark Urman. “I am exceedingly proud to assist at the birth of what I predict will be a spectacular career.”
Traction Media repped the sale on behalf of the filmmakers.
Paladin and 108 Media have Michel Gondry's “The We and the I” set to open in New York March 8, Sally El Hosaini's “My Brother the Devil” set for March 22 and Deepa Mehta’s “Midnight’s Children” set for late April.