Paris-based sales agency Alpha Violet has scored a series of international deals on Alejandro Loayza Grisi’s Bolivian award-winner Utama, which has the latest stop on its festival tour this week at Karlovy Vary.
The debut film has sold for theatrical release to Italy (Officine UBU), Spain (Reverso), Romania (Transilvania Distribution), Czech Republic/Slovakia (Artcam), ex-Yugoslavia (Discovery), Greece/Cyprus (Neo Films) and Latin America (MediaProTV).
Following the theatrical releases, HBO Europe will debut the film in its European territories, including Czech Republic, Poland, Serbia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Grisi is in Karlovy Vary to promote the film, which focuses on an elderly couple in the Bolivian highlands faced with the existential environmental challenge of an uncommonly long drought.
Utama premiered in the World Cinema Dramatic competition at the online Sundance Film Festival in January, where it won the grand jury prize. Subsequent awards have included four prizes at Malaga Spanish Film Festival, including best director; three awards at Guadalajara International Film Festival, including best first feature; and is the first film in 20 years to take both the best film and audience awards at Transilvania International Film Festival.
It is playing in the non-competitive Horizons section at Karlovy Vary in the Czech Republic, alongside Cannes 2022 titles such as Aftersun, Close, Corsage, Decision To Leave and Palme d’Or winner Triangle Of Sadness.