Greek sales company Heretic Outreach has added Marija Kavtaradze’s Summer Survivors to its sales slate, ahead of the film’s world premiere in the Discovery section at Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF, September 6-16).
Screen can exclusively reveal the first trailer for the film, above.
The film is a summer adventure following a band of unlikely compatriots: ambitious research psychologist Indre, and Paulius and Juste, two psychiatric unit patients she has reluctantly agreed to transport to another unit at the seaside.
The film is Kavtaradze’s feature debut; her previous credits include shorts I’m Twenty Something (2014) and Igloo (2015). She also co-wrote Andrius Blazevicius’ The Saint, which premiered at Busan Film Festival in 2016 and took more than €250,000 at the Lithuanian box office.
Indre Patkauskaite plays Indre, with Paulius Markevicius as Paulius and Gelmine Glemzaite as Juste. Marija Razgute produces; the film was supported by a grant fom the Lithuanian Film Centre.
Kavtaradze said, “I wanted to create a feeling that the main characters are heroes who are fighting a war in their own heads. With this movie, I want to send my love to all the people, who understand what it’s like to fight this war - those who do survive, and those who cannot.”
Other titles in the TIFF Discovery section include Lukas Dhont’s Girl – Belgium’s foreign language Oscar submission – and Soudade Kaadan’s The Day I Lost My Shadow, which revealed its trailer on Screen here.