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CAVU Acquires Eitan Gorlin's Award-Winning Feature "The Holy Land"

Indiewire By Indiewire | Indiewire January 16, 2003 at 2:0AM

CAVU Acquires Eitan Gorlin's Award-Winning Feature "The Holy Land"
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CAVU Acquires Eitan Gorlin's Award-Winning Feature "The Holy Land"

by Wendy Mitchell





Albert Illouz and Tchelet Semel in Eitan Gorlin's "The Holy Land," which CAVU Pictures will release in spring 2003.

Lior Danzig / © CAVU Pictures



New York-based indie production and distribution company CAVU Pictures announced that it has acquired worldwide rights to Eitan Gorlin's feature film "The Holy Land." The film, Gorlin's debut, captured the grand jury prize for best feature at Slamdance 2002 and the best film prize at the 2002 Avignon New York fest. Director Gorlin is also nominated for an IFP Independent Spirit Award in the "someone to watch" category.

"The Holy Land" is about a young rabbinical student who travels to Jerusalem during a tumultuous time and finds himself unexpectedly falling in love with a Russian prostitute. It was shot on location in Israel.

"It took great courage for Eitan to tell this story in today's political climate," said CAVU president of production and acquisitions Isil Bagdadi, in a prepared statement. "Our priority now is to make sure that the film receives the theatrical release that it deserves."

CAVU plans a theatrical release in New York and Los Angeles in spring 2003, followed by a national rollout. The deal was negotiated by CAVU's Bagdadi and Michael Sergio with attorney Robert Seigel. "The Holy Land" is CAVU's second theatrical release, following 2001's "Under Hellgate Bridge."