Montréal – November 2, 2017 – Seville International is pleased to announce the sale of Simon Lavoie’s THE LITTLE GIRL WHO WAS TOO FOND OF MATCHES to Gravitas Ventures for U.S. rights.
Director Simon Lavoie previous features include Those Who Make Revolutions Halfway Only Dig Their Own Graves which won the Best Canadian Feature at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival and the Special Mention Prize Generation 14Plus at the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival.
THE LITTLE GIRL THAT WAS TOO FOND OF MATCHES marks his fifth feature. The film premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival and received an honorable mention for Best Canadian Film.
“We’re proud to collaborate with Simon Lavoie, who has crafted a remarkable and beautifully shot film about a coming-of-age story that U.S. audience will undoubtedly relate to,” said Josh Spector, Director of Acquisitions for Gravitas Ventures.
Raised alone by their authoritarian father in a state of religious conservativism, two siblings without names grow up largely ignorant of the world outside their father’s estate. One morning, they find him dead – hanging from a rafter – and must confront their surroundings in order to unravel the mystery of their strange existence.
Adapted from Gaétan Soucy’s novel of the same name, the film was written and directed by Simon Lavoie. THE LITTLE GIRL WHO WAS TOO FOND OF MATCHES was produced by Marcel Giroux under his GPA Films banner, with Seville International representing international rights. The film is also in Competition at the Los Cabos Film Festival in Mexico.
“This is a project we’re so passionate about and we’re thrilled to work with Gravitas to bring it to US audiences,” said Anick Poirier, Senior Vice President, Sales, Seville International. “Lavoie’s film is beautifully poetic and illustrates the curiosity that comes with being confronted by a largely unknown world.”
The deal was negotiated for Seville International by Poirier and for Gravitas Ventures by Spector.
About Entertainment One
Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE:ETO) is a global independent studio that specialises in the development, acquisition, production, financing, distribution and sales of entertainment content. The Company’s diversified expertise spans across film, television and music production and sales, family programming, merchandising and licensing, and digital content. Through its global reach and expansive scale, powered by deep local market knowledge, the Company delivers the best content to the world.
Entertainment One’s robust network includes film and television studio The Mark Gordon Company; content creation venture Amblin Partners with Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, Reliance Entertainment, Alibaba Pictures and Universal Filmed Entertainment; newly-launched MAKEREADY with Brad Weston; leading feature film production and global sales company Sierra Pictures; unscripted television production company Renegade 83; world-class music labels Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang; and award-winning digital agency Secret Location.
The Company’s rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 100,000 hours of film and television content and approximately 40,000 music tracks.
Seville International is the company’s Montréal-based international film distribution arm specializing in strong independent films with crossover potential and arthouse films with award pedigree from Québec, Canada and around the world.
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About Gravitas Ventures
Gravitas Ventures is a leading all rights distributor of independent feature films and documentaries. Founded in 2006, Gravitas connects independent filmmakers and producers with distribution opportunities across the globe. Working with talented directors and producers, Gravitas Ventures has distributed thousands of films into over a hundred million homes in North America or over one billion homes worldwide. Recent releases include Score: A Film Music Documentary, California Typewriter, Legion of Brothers, Katie Holmes’ feature directorial debut, All We Had, Colin Hanks’ All Things Must Pass, Being Evel from Academy Award winning director Daniel Junge and producer Johnny Knoxville, and For The Love of Spock from Director Adam Nimoy.
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