Ukrainian smuggling drama Pamfir, which debuted in Cannes Directors’ Fortnight in May, has secured a UK-Ireland theatrical release deal with Conic.
Having acquired the film from sales agent Indie Sales, Conic is planning a Spring 2023 release for the film.
Pamfir is the debut feature of writer-director Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk. The film’s development received support from the TorinoFilmLab, Midpoint and Cannes’ Cinefondation; Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk has participated in the Berlinale Talents and Locarno Film Academy programmes.
Set in the run-up to a traditional carnival in rural Western Ukraine, Pamfir follows an eponymous smuggler whose plans to earn an honest living upon his return home are thrown into disarray when his son sets fire to a church.
Since its Cannes premiere, the film has won the audience award at Torino film festival, a jury prize at Viennale, the Grand Prix at Molodist Kyiv International Film Festival and best cinematography at Raindance. It was also nominated for the European Discovery award at the 2022 European Film Awards.
It is a latest acquisition for Glasgow-based Conic, which launched officially in October and has also picked up Sundance winners Utama from Alejandro Loayza Grisi and Leonor Will Never Die by Martika Ramirez Escobar, plus Marie Liden’s Bifa-longlisted Electric Malady.
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