The film movement has acquired the North American rights to Olivia Pace’s “Tahara”, starring the upcoming Rachel Senot (“Shiva Baby”) who starred in Slamdance and TIFF Next Wave.
The film will be released in North America in 2022, followed by home video and digital services. “They” are best friends who follow Carrie Lostein (Defris) and Hannah Rosen (Sennot). When their former Hebrew schoolmate Samantha Goldstein commits suicide, the two girls go to her funeral, as well as the “Teen Talk-Back” session designed to give them a chance to understand grief through their faith. But, after an innocent kissing exercise takes Carrie out of the world, the pair confuse themselves into teenage complications.
At the top of playing Slamdance and TIFF Next Wave, the film won the Graph Jury Special Mention of Outfest as well as the Best Feature Debut Award of a Black LGBTQ + Filmmaker at Newfest.
“They truly serve as a brilliantly crafted calling card for the industry for both director Olivia Peace and screenwriter Jess Zedman,” said Michael Rosenberg, president of the Film Movement.
Rosenberg added, “Perhaps the only image in the picture of a black Jewish LGBTQ hero, it also addresses the complex social norms of adolescence.”
Shanti said “‘they’ ‘are designed to be a nuisance and mix a lot of different things together: live action and animation, comedy and drama, and that unique uncomfortable feeling happens when you can love your best friend, but don’ me I don’t know if they still like you. ”
The current slate of the film movement includes Riasuk Hamaguchi’s “Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy”, the recent Silver Bear-winner at Berlinale; “Chess Story”, a new adaptation of the Stephen Zugig novel of the same name directed by Philip Stallzol; “The Moon, 66 Questions,” Jacqueline Lentzor’s first film; “Fear,” is the debut of Ivailo Hristov, who won the Grand Prix in Tallinn; Venice Days Award-winning Palestinian drama “200 meters;” And “The Wheeler’s Boy” which won the director’s award at the Venice Days last year.