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France’s Bac Films has boarded a pair of politically engaged Middle Eastern films from women directors: Sepideh Farsi’s animated feature “The Siren” and Kaouther Ben Hania’s “The Man Who Sold His Skin.”
“The Siren” is produced by Les Films d’Ici, the banner behind “Waltz With Bashir” and “Funan,” and co-produced by Luxembourg’s Bac Cinéma, Germany’s Katuh Studio and Belgium’s Lunanime.
Siren - Unfolds - Abadan - Capital - Oil
“Siren,” set in 1980, unfolds in Abadan, the capital of the Iranian oil industry where locals are resisting an Iraqi siege. The film follows the journey of 14-year-old Omid who has braved the siege and stayed in the city with his grandfather, waiting for his elder brother to return from the front line. Omid tries to save his family using an abandoned boat he finds in Abadan’s port.
Bac Films is handling international sales, on top of co-producing, and is showing a teaser of the film at Cannes’ market. Marie Garrett, VP of international sales at Bac Films, said “The Siren” was in the same vein as Raúl de la Fuente and Damian Nenow’s “Another Day of Life,” a gripping animated features that follows the three-month-long journey of Polish reporter...
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