At the start of the Marché, Films Boutique has announced multiple sales on Polish filmmaker Agnieszka Holland’s latest feature Charlatan, which premiered in February as a special gala presentation at the Berlinale.
The film has sold to France (KMBO), Spain (Vercine), Italy (Movies Inspired), Australia (Vendetta Films), Israel (Lev Cinema), Turkey (Filmarti), Benelux (Cinemien Film Distribution), Germany, Austria and German-speaking Switzerland (Pro-Fun Media Film Distribution), Baltics (Best Film), Bulgaria (Art Fest), ex-Yugoslavia (MCF Megacom), Hungary (Mozinet), Iceland (Bio Paradis), Portugal (Leopardo) and Latin America (Great Movies).
Charlatan is based on the true story of herbalist Jan Mikolasek (played in the film by Ivan Trojan), who dedicated his life to caring for the sick in spite of the immense obstacles he faced in his private and public life. Born at the turn of the 20th century, Mikolasek won fame and fortune using unorthodox treatment methods which he claimed could cure a wide range of diseases. Already renowned in Czechoslovakia before the Second World War, the healer gains in reputation and wealth during the Nazi occupation and, later, under the Communists.
The Czech release, handled by by CinemArt, is set for August 20, while Gutek Film will release Charlatan in Poland. Films Boutique will be screening the film on the Marché du Film Online platform on June 23 at 15.30.