TLA Plans International Film Festival DVD Release Series
by Brian Brooks
TLA Releasing, the masterminds behind the Philadelphia Film Festival and the Philadelphia Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, announced plans this week to release titles on DVD and VHS via a packaged "International Film Festival" series. Each month through the remainder of 2003, films that screened at festivals around the world, including Berlin, Toronto, Cannes and others will be sold as part of this program.
Brazilian sarcastic comedy "Chronically Unfeasible" by Sergio Bianchi, which played at the New York and Berlin Film Festivals, along with Spanish gay love drama "Love of Man" directed by Yolanda Garcia Serrano and Juan Luis Iborra will be the first two films released later this month.
"I have a certain edge," said TLA president and Philadelphia Film Festival artistic director Ray Murray in a conversation with indieWIRE. "Being a director of the Philadelphia Film Festival, I attend festivals and see how audiences [receive] films. We also program the [Philadelphia] festival and [review] audience ballots and get first-hand information what people like." With the exception of Manuel Gomez Pereira's "Between Your Legs," which will be released in late summer, all ten films played at the Philadelphia fest.
Murray spearheaded the program concept. "With such a low percentage of films getting distribution, we [decided that these undistributed] titles should be a part of the program." Summer releases include Shion Sono's "Suicide Club, which played at the Rotterdam and Chicago film festivals, and the Berlin Film Festival's "The Bathers" by Viviane Candas.
Among the films planned for autumn release are Stanislaw Mucha's "Absolut Warhola" (from the Berlin, Karlovy Vary and Montreal film festivals) and "I Will Survive" by Alfonso Albacete and David Menkes, which originally screened at San Sebastian and Chicago Latino Film Festivals.
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