FilmDoo shines a light on filmmakers from across Europe
James R | On 25, Mar 2017
FilmDoo is shining a light on new filmmakers from across Europe this weekend.
The streaming service, which launched at Cannes in 2015, has swiftly established itself as a go-to destination for undiscovered talent. Acquiring films that have enjoyed acclaim on the festival circuit but otherwise would struggle to find a theatrical release, their remit of distributing and marketing films you won’t find elsewhere has paid off: last month, the site opened an office in Paris, as part of its expanding global presence.
Hot on the heels of that French launch, FilmDoo has inked deals with Le Pacte, Eye to Eye, Daredo and other sales agents to give international releases to a collection of films, spanning a dozen nations – from Greece to France to Serbia to Spain and beyond.
“With a solid foothold in Europe, we feel strongly at FilmDoo that it’s both a privilege and a duty to be doing more to help promote an array of great European films to a wider global audience,” FilmDoo cofounder Weerada Sucharitkul remarks.
“For example, over the last few years, we’ve seen growing interests from audience in Asia for new European films, many of which are not readily available to this part of the world, apart from the occasional film festival. We will continue to build up our European film catalogue and play our part to support works from upcoming European film talent outside their national countries.”
The films, which are distributed online this weekend around the world, include:
Panama (dir. Pavle Vuckovic, Serbia)
When Jovan starts dating Maja, he notices intriguing indications of Maja’s parallel life. In a web of lies, jealousy and passion, Jovan loses himself only to find who Maja really is.
Nominated for the Golden Camera for Best First Feature Film at the Cannes Film Festival
Supernova (dir. Tamar van den Dop, Netherlands)
Meis is 15, lives in the back of beyond and aspires to a grand and stirring life, but all that happens is the passing of the time, waiting for the next car to crash.
A Berlinale Talent film and also nominated for Best Feature Film at the Chicago International Film Festival
One of Us (dir. Stephan Richter, Austria)
In a story inspired by true events, 14-year-old Julian’s bleak suburban life meets with tragedy on the night he and his friend Marko break into a local supermarket.
Winner of the Max Ophüls Award for Best Feature Film
The Man in the Orange Jacket (dir. Aik Karapetian, Latvia)
An embittered young man assumes a new identity and moves into a lavish mansion. But after an unsettling visit from a vaguely familiar guest, the house becomes a deathtrap.
Winner of the Grand Jury Award for Best Feature Film at the Fantastic Cinema Festival
Dora or The Sexual Neuroses of Our Parents (dir. Stina Werenfels, Switzerland)
After her mother decides that eighteen-year-old mentally disabled Dora no longer has to take sedating drugs, the young woman begins to blossom.
Nominated for the Swiss Film Prizes for Best Film and Best Screenplay
Alongside the newer titles are some acclaimed older works, such as Mathieu Kassovitz’s world-renowned 1995 French classic La Haine and Mathieu Almaric’s 2010 road movie On Tour. The full list is rounded out by The Enemy Within (dir. Yorgos Tsemberopoulos), Land of Oblivion (dir. Michale Boganim), Avé (dir. Konstantin Bojanov), In the Eyes of the World (dir. Eric Rochant), A Patriotic Man (dir. Arto Halonen), Cowboys (dir. Tomislav Mršić), Hidden Away (dir. Mikel Rueda), Everything but Oom-Pa-Pa (dir. Kerstin Polte), Berlinized (dir. Lucian Busse), Floating! (dir. Julia C. Kaiser), Lotte (dir. Julius Schultheiß), The Word (dir. Anna Kazejak), Man at Bath (dir. Christophe Honoré), and The Gambler (dir. Ignas Jonynas).