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June 4, 2012 11:24 AM
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Film Movement Takes Cannes Title 'La Sirga' For North America

Film Movement has acquired all North American rights to Colombian director William Vega's first feature film "La Sirga." The film recently screened in the Director's Fortnight section of the Cannes Film Festival.

The deal was negotiated by Adley Gartenstein, President of Film Movement, and Pierre Menahem for MPM Film.

Full press release below.

 
(New York, NY) - Film Movement (www.filmmovement.com), the North American film distribution company that brings first-run, award-winning independent and foreign films to fans all across the country, announced today their acquisition of LA SIRGA.  This first feature film from Colombian director William Vega was featured in the 2012 Cannes Film Festival’s Director’s Fortnight. LA SIRGA is in Spanish and will enjoy a New York theatrical opening in Q4 of 2012, with a limited national roll-out to follow, as well as a day-and-date Cable Video on Demand premiere.
 
‘’Impeccably elegant [and] quietly devastating… Vega’s mastery of old-school arthouse technique is impressive’’
– Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter
 
‘’Evocative! William Vega’s first feature is the latest in an impressive string of Colombian arthouse films’’
– Lee Marshall, Screen Daily
 
Synopsis of LA SIRGA :
Alice is helpless. War memories invade her mind like threatening thunder. Uprooted by the armed conflict, she tries to reshape her life in La Sirga, a decadent hostel on the shores of a great lake in the highlands of the Andes. There, on a swampy and murky beach, she will try to settle down until her fears and the threat of war resurface again.

Acclaim for LA SIRGA:
Nominated – Camera d’Or Award, FIPRESCI Prize – Cannes Film Festival
Winner – Cinema in Construction Award & Cine + Award – Toulouse Film Festival
Official Selection – Cannes Film Festival, Directors’ Fortnight
 
The acquisition of LA SIRGA  was negotiated by Adley Gartenstein, President of Film Movement, and Pierre Menahem for MPM Film.
 
“William Vega is a first rate artist, and the type of promising first-time filmmaker we have been supporting and nurturing for the past ten years. We couldn’t be happier to add a fourth Colombian film to our catalog, and to work once again with the MPM Film team”, says Film Movement president Adley Gartenstein.
 
MPM Films’ Pierre Menahem, adds "We are thrilled to work again with Film Movement on another beautifully directed first feature film from Latin America. After the 20 times awarded Found Memories (aka Historias) by Julia Murat, we are very excited to team up again with one of the best arthouse films distributors in North America for such an amazing film, that was just launched at the Directors Fortnight to rave reviews. Director William Vega is definitely a talent to watch and we are proud to start his international career with sales in the US, France, Greece and Colombia right after its Cannes launch a week ago.”

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