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TIFF ISA of the Day: Wide

TIFF ISA of the Day: Wide

Coverage of International Sales Agents (ISAs) has resumed for the Toronto International Film Festival. This segment covers inspirational companies that have officially selected films in the festival. SydneysBuzz features ISAs, as they play an instrumental and necessary role in helping filmmakers to share their visions and voices with the world.

This year Paris based film sales company WIDE has four official selections at TIFF:
The Lesson (Official Selection – Contemporary World Cinema) 
Nadezhda is a high school English teacher near Sofia. Stunned by a theft reported by one of her students she is determined to find the culprit and punish him. As this episode unravels at work, her personal life changes drastically. She is notified by a bailiff that the bank is about to seize her house and put it on auction due to overdue mortgage payments.
Determined to keep her life afloat and her house she will do everything she can to get the money before it’s too late.
Her personal and professional life will converge as she goes against all the lessons she teaches her students. 

The Narrow Frame Of Midnight (Official Selection – Discovery) 
A young orphan, Aïcha, is found alone in the forests of central Morocco. She has a personal history that reveals a courageous attempt at self-determination. Taken and sold from her home in the hills of the Atlas mountains, Aïcha finds herself at the mercy of a petty criminal, Abbas, and his conflicted girlfriend, Nadia. They soon cross paths with Zacaria, a Moroccan/Iraqi writer, who has left everything behind – including a passionate relationship with a teacher, Judith – to search for his missing brother. The group embarks on a journey that will lead them across Morocco, to Istanbul, the plains of Kurdistan and beyond.
Margarita, With A Straw (Official Selection – Contemporary World Cinema)
Laila Kapoor is a spunky, talented 19-year-old girl from a close knit middle-class Delhi family. She was born with cerebral palsy. Her speech is garbled and she sits in a wheelchair. Laila is very close to her mother, Shubhangini Damle. As a result of her efforts Laila goes to college in the prestigious Delhi University. And when Laila’s heart is broken, it is her mother who enables her to continue her education at New York University.
Here Laila meets the feisty Khanum – a visually impaired woman. And the chilled out Jared. Always curious about sexuality, Laila undergoes a journey that is beyond her wildest dreams.
She calls it “wonderful but scary. She confronts her mother with her new truths about herself causing a huge conflict that rips them apart. Suddenly her world falls apart when her mother collapses in pain. Laila goes from being the cared to the carer – and the mother daughter bond is tested to the full.
Foreign Body (Official Selection – Masters)
Angelo and Kasia met in Italy in the Focolare Movement where their love and faith in God brought them together. Their relationship is broken by the girl’s return to Poland and her decision on entering the convent. Angelo arrives in Warsaw in order to persuade Kasia to change her mind. He takes up a job in an international corporation while waiting for her decision. The company is managed by ruthless and cynical Kris with the support of her assistant Mira. In this corporate reality Angelo, a believer, falls victim to the ridicule and harassment. Kris, using her power, plays with Angelo and wants to force him to break moral principles and yet at the same time she is fascinated by his faith.
More About WIDE: Founded in 1997 by Loïc Magneron, WIDE is a leading independent sales company currently representing more than 20 new features films every year and a library of more than 400 fiction titles and 300 documentaries.
WIDE’s catalogue contains an impressive variety of movies from internationally acclaimed directors and several restored classics.
WIDE has also created a company for feature length documentaries and TV format, managed by Anaïs Clanet, WIDE HOUSE, and a label dedicated to first and second feature films, EYE ON FILMS which coordinates a network of more than 100 partners including 52 festivals, 51 distributors and 7 VoD platforms.

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