EXCLUSIVE: New Europe Film Sales signs second feature by Belgian filmmaker Caroline Strubbe.

In a deal struck on Sunday (Jan 26) at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), Polish sales agents New Europe Film Sales has swooped to take on international sales for I’m The Same, I’m An Other, the second feature by Belgian auteur Caroline Strubbe.

The film, which premiered at Toronto in September, is produced by Tomas Leyers of Minds Meet.

It is the story of a man and a girl fleeing through Europe, played by Zoltán Miklós Hajdu and Kimke Desart. The reason for thieir journey gradually becomes clear, as they slowly learn to tolerate one another.

I’m The Same, I Am An Other, screening in IFFR’s EU-2014 sidebar, is a sequel to Strubbe’s highly praised debut feature Lost Persons’ Area, which premiered in Critics’ Week in Cannes in 2009.

Warsaw-based New Europe Film Sales’ Jan Naszewski confirmed details of the new pick-up. The film will receive its first market screenings at the European Film Market in Berlin next month.

Other recent pick-ups from New Europe include Josephine Decker’s Berlinale Forum selection, Thou Wast Mild And Lovely.

More sales

New Europe has confirmed sales on another of its titles, Latvian Oscar contender Mother, I Love You. The film has now gone to India (The Children’s Society Of India) and South Korea (Prevision).

The company handles both international and Polish fare. One Polish title it represents is Papusza, a black and white feature drama by Joanna Kos-Krauze & Krzysztof Krauze.

The film tells the story of a Roma woman who put her poems into writing and published them, thereby confounding traditional stereotypes of women in the gypsy community. The film has been sold to Japan (Viola).