New York based distribution company Grassroots films and gratitude films Collectively, the U.S. acquired the distribution rights to the Italian director Michelangelo Framartino’s Venice Special Jury Award winner “El Buko” About a team of seismologists who discovered the deepest cave in Europe in 1961.
The deal was negotiated by Ryan Krivoshey Grasshopper film with Nadine Rothschild Paris and Berlin-based production offices on the eve of the US premiere of “El Buko” at the New York Film Festival.
Gratitude, which is based in Los Angeles and Mumbai, led by Anu Rangachar, is a producer and former programmer of the Mumbai Film Festival.
With “El Buko” Fremartino, whose dialogue-free “Le Quatro Volt” caused a worldwide stir in 2010, he has joined another similar eclectic film with no dialogue or music.
His latest work Restructures A journey of young cave scientists exploring the Bifurto abyss, in the ancient Calabrian interior 700 meters below Earth. The image was lens by Swiss cinematographer Renato Barta, who credited Louis Mall’s Venice Golden Lion winner “Au revoir les enfants.”
“El Buko ‘is a stunning masterpiece,” Krivoshe said in a statement, referring to Frammartino’s long-term work as “a beautiful meditation on nature and humanity and a truly wonderful big screen experience.”
There are plans to release “Il Buko” in US theaters in 2022.
The film, starring Paolo Cossi, Jacopo Elia, Dennis Trombin and Nicola Lanza, is produced by Marco Cerechia, Fremartino and Philippe Bobar. The production companies behind it are Doppio Nodo Double Bind and Rai Cinema.
Grasshopper’s U.Upcoming releases include Italian trio Pietro Marcelo, Francesco Munji and Alice Rohrwacher’s Doc “Futura”; Doc “Bulletproof” by US Director Todd Chandler; “Los Conductos” by Colombian filmmaker Camilo Restrepo; And “Palak,” from Egypt’s Omar El Zohairi, who won Cannes Critics Grand Prize for Best Picture of the Week.
Grasshopper Films and Gratitude Films were acquired earlier Bangladeshi director Abdullah Mohammad Saad’s “Rehana” which they plan to release in US theaters next year.