Pascale Diot's Paris-basedOnoma has closed new deals on Serko,the 19th Century-set Russian adventure on which it is co-producer aswell as sales agent. Italy's Lucky Red and Switzerland's Monopole Pathe have joined distributors announced at AFM such as Seville Pictures for Canada and Cineartfor Benelux.
Directed by JoelFarges, the film follows a young Russian cavalryman and his horse Serko on anepic, 9000 km journey toward Siberia. Shooting recently finished in Siberia. Onoma showed an extended promoreel. Serko will be completed in time for next February's Berlin.
Meanwhile, Diot hasconfirmed his involvement as co-producer and sales agent on Fallen From TheSky, the latest feature fromVimukthi Jayasundara, the award-winning Sri Lankan writer-director. Jayasundara'sfeature La Terre Abandonneee wonthe Camera D'Or in Cannes.
Jayasundara recentlypresented Fallen From The Sky atPPP, the Pusan Festival's co-production market. A completed script will beready by the end of the year. The film, a French/Sri-Lankan co-production,should shoot next year.
At the AFM, Onoma also introduced buyers to Un Buda,from young Argentinian director Diego Rafeccas. The film, which Diot firstencountered as a project at a production workshop in Buenos Aires in 2004, hasbeen a box-office hit in Argentina, racking up over 50,000 admissions. Itconcerns a young man, devastated by thedisappearance of his father during Argentina's military dictatorship, who turnsto Buddhism.