Channel 4 has acquired UK and Ireland broadcast and streaming rights for Indian festival favorite and box office success “Dostji” (“Two Friends”), directed by Prasoon Chatterjee.
Set in 1992-93, when Hindu-Muslim tensions rise in India after the demolition of the Babri Masjid and the Bombay bombings and spill over into a remote village on the Indo-Bangladesh border, the film follows the friendship of two men. Eight-year-old boys. Palash (Asiq Shaikh), the son of a Hindu Brahmin and Safiqul (Arif Shaikh), whose father is a Muslim weaver, are best friends, but fate intervenes.
The film premiered at World 2021 BFI London Film Festival, and after traveling to 32 film festivals in 26 countries and winning eight international awards, it was released theatrically in India in November 2022 and proved a box office success. Previously, it participated in the Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum and the Indian Lab Film Bazaar from where it went to the Cannes Film Market as part of the ‘Film Bazaar Goes to Cannes’ initiative.
Newen ConnectIts distribution arm Newen Studiopromoted Leona Connell From Executive VP, Distribution to the company’s Chief Commercial Officer (CCO), working closely with the CEO Rodolphe Buet. Based between London and Paris, Connell will focus on international and French markets across film and TV and expand his remit to oversee a team of 20 sales representatives across film and TV.
Connell joins Newen Connect in 2020 with the remit of optimizing the quality of apparel’s multi-genre content catalog with broadcasters and platforms. He currently leads the fiction and non-fiction TV sales team in France and internationally and helps finance the Neuen Connect project. Connell also develops co-production partnerships and pre-sales.
The creation of the CCO role follows the integration of the TF1 Studio International Distribution team under the Newen Connect banner in 2022, and supports the distribution company’s ambitions to optimize the value of film rights.