The UK’s Sovereign Media Group has launched a new distribution arm and has acquired Melina León’s award-winning Peruvian drama Song Without A Name from Luxbox.
Sovereign Film Distribution will be led by managing director Andreas Roald and aims to release five to six titles a year in the UK and Ireland both theatrically and on VoD platforms.
Based in London, it is an offshoot of Sovereign Media Group, founded by Roald and former Merchant Ivory president Donald Rosenfeld. Sister company Sovereign Films is known for productions including Effie Gray, written by and starring Emma Thompson, and backed Terrence Malick’s Palme d’Or winner The Tree Of Life and Voyage Of Time.
“Sovereign Film Distribution was formed to release auteur-driven feature films, from exciting, emerging and established international talent around the world, bringing them to the UK audience,” said Roald.
Song Without A Name debuted in Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes 2019 and went on to win more than 30 awards at festivals including the top prize at Stockholm. Sovereign plans to release the film theatrically in the UK before the end of 2020.
The film explores a true story of baby trafficking in 1980s Peru and has previously sold to Film Movement in the US, Netflix for Latin America and Sophie Dulac Distribution for France. It was produced by Peru’s La Vida Misma Films and co-produced by US outfit MGC, Spain’s La Mula, Producciones and Switzerland’s Bord Cadre films.