Strand Takes "A Year Without Love," and "The Last Day" for Late Autumn Roll Out
by Brian Brooks
Strand Releasing has acquired the U.S. rights to two films, the company announced yesterday. Anahi Berneri's 2005 Berlin International Film Festival Panorama premiere "A Year Without Love," and Rodolphe Marconi's "The Last Day" will tentatively have late fall theatrical releases via Strand. The company's co-president Jon Gerrans negotiated the deal for "A Year Without Love" with Bavarian Films' Thorsten Schaumann and Gerrans also brokered the agreement for "The Last Day" with Gemini Films' Elisabeth Perlie.
"A Year Without Love," which won the Teddy Award in Berlin for best dramatic film, chronicles the sexual activities of a young man in Buenos Aires. Director Daniel Burman ("The Lost Embrace") produced the feature. Strand has worked with Bavarian Films on its successful "Head-On" by Fatih Akin in addition to "Shake It All About" by Hella Joof and "The Child I Never Was" by Kai S. Pieck.
Marconi's ("Love Forbidden") "The Last Day," is described by Strand as a "story [which] involves a young man's return home to his family and his unrequited love for another young man." The film stars "A Very Long Engagement"'s Gaspard Ulliel and Nicole Garcia ("The Story of Marie and Julien") as his mother.
"We're thrilled to be working with colleagues such as Burman who we've admired for many years as well as continuing to be able to support directors such as Marconi," commented Strand co-presidents, Marcus Hu and Gerrans in a joint statement regarding the acquisitions Tuesday.
Other 2005 Strand releases include Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau's "Cote d'Azur" ("Crustaces et Coquillages"), Jun Ichikawa's "Tony Takitani," Matteo Garrone's "Primo amore," and Apichatpong Weerasethakul's "Tropical Malady."