Picture This! Entertainment Takes On North American Rights for Macedonian Oscar Submission "The Great Water"

by Anthony Kaufman

An image from "The Great Water." Image provided by Picture This!

Ivo Trajkov's "The Great Water," which screened last year at AFI in Los Angeles, and earlier this month at the Palm Springs Film Festival, has been acquired by Picture This! Entertainment, the company's president Douglas Witkins announced Thursday. Ida Martins, president of foreign sales firm Media Luna Entertainment negotiated the deal, which includes all North American rights, with Picture This! The company plans a May 2005 theatrical release.

Based on the novel of the same name by acclaimed author Zhivko Chingo, "The Great Water, which is Macedonia's official entry for Oscar® Best Foreign-language consideration, is described by Picture This! as the story of Lem Nikodinoski, a ranking member of the Yugoslavian Communist Party.

"The young Lem is an orphan in post-war Stalinist Yugoslavia (1945-1948), before President Tito's rift with the Soviet Union. Captured by Communist party soldiers, Lem becomes a ward of state, sent to live in a brutal camp for political indoctrination of children of the enemies of the communists. Here Lem meets Isak, a mysterious fellow captive. The consequences of their friendship will set off a betrayal that will echo through the decades to Lems last breath."

This year's, Picture This! releases include Guka Omarova's "Schizo," Royston Tan's "15," and Michael Sturminger's "The Whore's Son."