Locarno Competition Title ‘The Sacred Spirit’ Seals UK & Europe Offers (Exclusive) | New



Arrow Films has acquired the UK rights to Title of the Locarno 2021 competition of Chema Garcia Ibarra The Sacred Spirit of The Greek film production and sales company Heretic, and is considering giving it a theatrical release.

HBO Europe has acquired the film for its European territories and will release it on its online platform HBO Max.

Ibarra’s first feature film follows Jose Manuel and the dedicated members of an ufology association, who meet weekly to exchange information about alien messages and kidnappings; while a Spanish investigation into the disappearance of a little girl is accelerating.

The film is produced by Spanish companies Apellaniz & De Sosa and Jaibo Films, French company La Fabrica Nocturna Cinema and Turkish company Teferruat Film. He received a special mention from the international jury of Locarno.

“Arrow is a perfect match for a film that combines raw realism and startling whimsy,” said Ioanna Stais, Head of Sales and Acquisitions at Heretic.

Heretic also made deals for the Golden Bear winner of Radu Jude’s 2021 Berlinale Bad luck banging or wacky porn, for Argentina, Uruguay and Chile (Zeta Films), and Finland, Sweden and Denmark (Njuta Films). The agreements join previously announced agreements for Norway (Fidalgo), Japan (Twin) and Australia and New Zealand (Potential Films).

New sales of the 2021 Cannes Critics’ Week title by Omar El Zohairy Feathers include Canada (Films We Like), Spain (Flamingo), Brazil (Imovision) and HBO Europe.

Finally, the Kosovar title of Kaltrina Krasniqi Vera dreams of the sea, which premiered in Horizons in Venice last month, has been sold to Italy (Wanted).

Heretic slate also includes that of Ivan Ikic Oasis, which was recently shortlisted as Serbia’s candidacy for the International Oscar Feature Film Award.


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