EXCLUSIVE: Decanalog, a new theater and digital distribution company focused on presenting international titles to the US audience, will launch four films on the first plan in March.
The company will release Watch out, an absurd comedy directed by Quentin Dupieux, online March 5th. The film played on the festival grounds and received commercial release in France, where Dupieux has gained a following after receiving critical praise for previous films such as Not correct and rubber.
Festival Prize Winner This is not a funeral, it is a resurrection will make its virtual debut on April 2nd through the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Museum of the Moving Image. Directed by Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese, the drama is this year’s official Oscar submission from Lesotho, the first of the African nation.
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From now on there are no publication dates to be recorded on the Dekanalog board either Take me to a nice place and The county. (See full slate details below.)
Dekanalog will not only acquire new titles on virtual and conventional festival markets, but will also publish restored classics from all over the world.
“With the advent of virtual cinema and the continued growth of the VOD space, there is a lot of interest in something else among US film audiences,” said Dekanalog co-founder Lysa Le. “We are pleased to present our first films, which we believe offer a unique international perspective and tell modern, groundbreaking stories.”
Here is the decanalog board with the loglines provided by the company:
Watch out (Quentin Dupieux / 2018 / France, Belgium)
Synopsis: The main suspect in a murder case endures an absurd all night Interrogation.
Festival screenings: Sitges (winner, best script); Fantastic festival; Rendez-vous with French cinema.
Deal negotiated with: Gregory Chambet, WTFilms
Virtual release date: March 5th, Angelika everywhere
This is not a funeral, it is a resurrection (Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese / 2019 / Lesotho, South Africa, Italy)
Summary: When her village is threatened with forced relocation due to the construction of a reservoir, an 80-year-old widow finds a new will to live and ignites the spirit of resilience in her community.
Festival screenings: Sundance (World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Visionary Filmmaking); Venice; Rotterdam; Hong Kong (Winner – FIPRESCI for International Cinema, Best Actress for International Cinema); New York African Film Festival in February 2021.
Deal negotiated with: Mathieu Delaunay, Memento Films International
Virtual release dates: April 2, Brooklyn Academy of Music and Museum of the Moving Image
Take me to a nice place (Ena Sendijarević / 2019 / Netherlands, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Summary:: Alma travels from the Netherlands to Bosnia to visit her father, whom she never met. Together with their indifferent cousin and his charming best friend, they embark on an increasingly unpredictable road trip adventure through the scorching heartland of the country.
Festival screenings: Rotterdam (Tiger Award, special mention for exceptional artistic achievement); Sarajevo (Winner – Best Film); Vancouver (winner, best score); ACID Cannes Film Festival, Toronto
Deal negotiated with: Ioanna Stais, heretic
Release date: TBD
The county (Grímur Hákonarson / 2019 / Iceland, Denmark, Germany, France)
Summary: A widowed farmer starts her life on her own terms, fighting corruption and injustice in her community.
Festival screenings: Toronto, Chicago, Palm Springs
Deal negotiated with: Jan Naszewski, New Europe Film Sales
Release date: TBD