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Autolook acquired ‘Smoke Sana Sisterhood’ ahead of Sundance premiere

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Vienna-based Outlook Filmsales, one of the leading sales agents for documentaries, has acquired the feature-length documentary “Smoke Sana Sisterhood” ahead of its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

The image depicts the Estonian smoke gold tradition, known as “savvusanna kombõ”. In addition to telling the history of smoke saunas as places to give birth, director Anna Hints focuses on the women today who gather in saunas to share their secrets and intimate experiences.

“‘Smoke Sauna Sisterhood’ is a unique screening experience, best viewed with friends,” said Salma Abdalla, director of sales at Outlooks. “Written for the big screen, Anna Hints has created a narrative that feels both intimate and inclusive. Smoke Gold’s aesthetically beautiful setting in the Estonian forests is filled with humanity, authenticity and humor.”

“No story is too shameful, no burden too heavy to bear, when you share it with your sisterhood, and having Salma and the Otlook team feels like we’ve joined our sisterhood,” Hick said.

The film was produced by Marianne Austret of Alexandra Films. Co-producers are Juliet Cazenave of France, Hlin Johannesdottir of Iceland and Eero Talvistu of Estonia. The film will be released theatrically in Estonia in March by ACME Films.

The film was produced by Alexandra Film, Kepler 22 Productions and Ursus Parvas with participation from the Estonian Film Institute, The Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Tartu Film Fund, CNC, Sesame, Icelandic Film Center and Sundance Institute Documentary Fund.

Outlook’s Sundance slate includes Ido Mizrahi’s “The Longest Goodbye” and Lynn Aluna’s “Twice Colonized.”

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