Screen can reveal the first English-language trailer for Ruthy Pribar’s feature debut Asia, which premiered at this year’s Tribeca film festival, winning best actress for Shira Haas, best cinematography and the Nora Ephon award.
Haas, who played the lead role in Netflix’s Unorthodox, stars alongside Alena Yiv.
Gum Films is producing, while handling world sales is Italian company Intramovies, which has just inked deals for Australia (Moving Story Entertainment) and Spain (Alfa Pictures). Sales of North American rights to Menemsha Films have already been announced.
Israeli director Pribar graduated from Sam Spiegel Film School in 2012 and her short films include Last Calls and The Caregiver. Asia was selected for the Cannes Festival Residency Program.
Asia (Yiv) is a young mother of a teenager (Haas). The two have a distant relationship, though living together they barely interact. While Asia is dedicated to her job as a nurse, the daughter Vika hangs out with her skateboard friends. Their routine is shaken when Vika’s health deteriorates rapidly. Asia must step in and become the mother Vika so desperately needs.