Matchbox Films has acquired UK-Ireland and Australia-New Zealand distribution rights on Antoneta Kastrati’s Kosovar drama Zana.
A UK-Ireland VoD release is set for mid-April, first through Curzon Home Cinema and BFI Player before expanding to other platforms by the end of the month.
The Australia-New Zealand release will follow shortly after that.
UK-based Alief Film Company co-produced the film and has confirmed further sales for Germany (ZDF) and German-speaking Austria and Switzerland (3SAT), also for releases in April.
Inspired by Kastrati’s own tragic family history, Zana is set in a small Kosovar town 10 years after the end of the Balkan war. A woman who lost her daughter to the conflict is under pressure from her husband to get pregnant again, and turns to more and more extreme methods; while his mother pushes him to replace her with a younger wife. Kosovar actress Adriana Matoshi leads the cast.
The film premiered as a Discovery title at Toronto 2019, and has won awards at festivals including Tirana, GoEast, Mostra De Valencia and the South East Asian Festival in Los Angeles.