Seville International to Launch Sales of Dystopian Dark Comedy ZOO in Berlin
Montreal – February 5, 2018 – In its commitment to bringing strong, independent and edgy films to audiences around the world, Seville International is pleased to announce that it has secured the worldwide rights to Antonio Tublén’s dark comedy ZOO.
From award-winning filmmaker Antonio Tublén (ORIGINAL, LFO, ROBIN), ZOO stars Edward Speleers (The House That Jack Built, DOWNTON ABBEY), Zoë Tapper (STAGE BEAUTY, AFFINITY, MR. SELFRIDGE, LIAR), Antonia Campbell-Hughes (MY Mother and Other Strangers, The Other Side of Sleep) and Jan Bijvoet (Embrace of the Serpent, BORGMAN, THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN). ZOO marks the fourth film for Tublén whose first feature ORIGINAL premiered at Tribeca Film Festival and later won Best Feature at the Shanghai International Film Festival.
ZOO is produced by Alexander Brøndsted (ORIGINAL, LFO, ROBIN) through his PingPong Film outfit. Tublén and Brøndsted teamed up in 2009 with ORIGINAL, and have been inseparable since, continuing their collaboration on ZOO. Logical Pictures, the elevated-genre financier, which recently backed REVENGE (Coralie Fargeat), INCIDENT IN A GHOSTLAND (Pascal Laugier) and FARMING (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), co-produces along with Film i Skåne and Ystad-Österlen Film Fond.
“ZOO takes us on an emotional genre bending roller coaster ride. The big story we tell in ZOO is about human behavior and how we act and react in a pandemic crisis, done in an imaginative way that only Tublén could bring to life,” said Brøndsted.
“We’ve been looking for an elevated genre comedy since the inception of our company and we fell in love with ZOO at first pitch,” added Frederic Fiore, President, Logical Pictures. “Alexander and Antonio have reached the perfect balance between comedy, drama and zombies! ZOO is really a unique and original project, and we are thrilled to work on it with Seville which brings its highest standards of auteur-driven features.”
“We are thrilled to be working with Antonio and Alexander on this fantastic project. Working with PingPong Film has been a fun ride so far, and we look forward to sharing this unique film with our buyers,” said Anick Poirier, SVP, Sales, Seville International. “ZOO is a fresh new take on how far a couple will go to save their marriage while fighting to stay alive.”
In ZOO, married couple Karen and John have lost the spark of life since learning they were unable to conceive. Now, they are almost like living zombies, imprisoned by everyday life. When the world is hit by a pandemic that actually turns people in to the walking dead, the couple must lock themselves in their apartment while waiting for rescue. With the world outside falling apart, they are forced to find their way back to each other and reclaim their lost love.
The deal was brokered by Poirier on behalf for Seville International who will launch sales on ZOO at the European Film Market this month.
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