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Dir: Antonio Lukich | Country: Ukraine | Language: Ukrainian w/ English Subs | Genre: First Film, Road Movie, Black Comedy | Status: Completed 2019 |Log: Vadym, a twenty-five-year-old musician and sound engineer; rather exchange his life in Kyiv for a better future in far-flung Canada; when he gets a generous job offer which might help him realize his dream, he jumps at the chance… with the aid of his estranged mother.


“Accomplished comedy-drama that will definitely work for international audiences… A breath of fresh air.Vladan Petkovic (Cineuropa)



Dir: Gisberg Bermudez | Country: Venezuela/Mexico/United States | Language: Spanish w/ English Subs | Genre: Drama, Supernatural, Mystery, Horror | Status: Completed 2018 |Log: A father wrestles with saving the soul of his daughter from a phantasmagorical figure. Distribution: Theatrical Only: Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay, Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Venezuela. All Rights: Spain, UK & North America.


“A richly imagined film, drawing its eerie power from the depths of male guilt.” Noel Murray (The LA Times)

“To suggest and not show, to create an ominous climate in which it always seems that the worst is about to happen is the film’s greatest merit.” Gaspar Zimerman (Clarin)

“The film as a whole manages to maximize the infamous popular legend and gives shape to a story that achieves enormous effectiveness.” (7/10) Alejandro Turdo – (Escribiendo Cine)


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Busan: Alief Picks up Indian Independents ‘Mehsampur,’ and ‘Sheep’ – Variety

MehsampurDir: Kabir Chowdry | Country: India| English subs. | 2018

This wild and daring hybrid film is unlike anything we’ve seen from India before. A blend of fiction and reality, it investigates the assassination of folk-singers Chamkila and Amarjot. – Sydney FF 2018


WORK-IN-PROGRESS: Festiwal Filmowy Millennium Docs Against Gravity 2018 – WORLD PREMIERE: Sydney FF 2018 – UNITED KINGDOM PREMIERE: London Indian FF 2018 – VICTORIA PREMIERE: Melbourne Indian FF 2018 – WINNER – Grand Jury Prize, India Gold: Jio MAMI Mumbai FF 2018


Horizon | Horizonti | Dir: Tinatin Kajrishvili | Country: Georgia/Sweden | 2018

Berlinale: Alief Acquires International Rights for Panorama Player ‘Horizon’ - Variety

The change in Giorgi’s life could not be more radical. The city, art, his regular, middle-class existence and his marriage to Ana are all behind him. In an inhospitable environment, surrounded only by a handful of strangers, he is trying to pick up the pieces of his life. But his wounds are deep, and the shadows of his happy past repeatedly catch up with him. – Berlinale Panorama 2018


Scary Mother | Sashishi Deda | Dir:Ana Urushadze | Country:Georgia/Estonia | 2017

Locarno: Alief Enters Sales Biz, Acquiring International Rights to Artizm’s ‘Scary Mother’ – Variety

In Georgian filmmaker Ana Urushadze’s gripping and bleakly comic feature debut, Manana, a 50-year-old Tbilisi mother abandons her duties as a wife and mother to pursue an obsessive and hermetic life of writing poetry. In a performance of coiled fear and rage that recalls the best of Isabelle Huppert, Nato Murvanidze plunges into Manana‘s feverish imagination. Scary Mother, which won awards at film festivals around the world, is a haunting, singular new vision. – Film Society Lincoln Center


WINNER: Best First Feature – 70th Locarno FF, WINNER: Youth Jury Award – 70th Locarno FF, WINNER: Best Feature Film – 23rd Sarajevo FF, WINNER: Cineuropa Award – 23rd Sarajevo FF, WINNER: Best Feature Film – 1st El Gouna FF, WINNER: Critics Society Award – 1st El Gouna FF, WINNER: Special Jury Mention – 19th Mumbai FF, WINNER: Youth Jury Award – 54th Antalya IFF, WINNER: Audience Award – 1st Pingyao IFF, WINNER: Best New Director – 3rd Asian World FF, WINNER: Best Actress – 11th Asian Pacific Screen Awards, WINNER: Jury Grand Prize – 11th Asian Pacific Screen Awards, WINNER: Best Director – 55th Gijon FF, WINNER: Best Cinematography – 55th Gijon FF, WINNER: Youth Jury Award – 55th Gijon FF, WINNER: Swarovski Award – 28th Singapore IFF, WINNER: Prometheus Best Film – 18th Tbilisi IFF, WINNER: Special Jury Award – 18th Tbilisi IFF, WINNER: Honorable Mention Jordan Ressler Award – 35th Miami FF. OPENING NIGHT FILM: Berlin Critics Week 2018. IN COMPETITION: Vancouver IFF 2017,  Chicago IFF 2017, Mostra Sao Paulo FF 2017, Leeds FF 2017, Listapad FF 2017, Carthage FF 2017, Cork FF 2017, GOA IFF 2017, Kerala IFF 2017, Les Arcs European FF 2017, Santa Barbara FF 2018, 42nd Hong Kong IFFF 2018.