Sword Of God, Bartosz Konopka’s Polish historical drama which was previously titled The Mute, has had its North American rights picked up by Film Movement. The distributor will release in Q1, 2020.
Paris-based Reel Suspects is handling sales on the title, and has also struck further deals here in Cannes for Germany, Austria and Switzerland (Indeed Films) and South Korea (Inolmedia).
Writer-director Konopka’s previous credits include Fear Of Falling. He was also Oscar-nominated in 2010 for his documentary short Rabbit à la Berlin.
His latest feature follows two knights, the experienced Willibrord and the young, mysterious Unnamed, who set off to christen a small pagan village hidden deep in the mountains. Despite the differences in their views and perspectives on religion, the two men become travel companions and create a father-son relationship. When they reach the village, the pagans put the newcomers’ beliefs to a test.
The screenplay was written by Konopka with Przemysław Nowakowski and Anna Wydra, who is also producing the film through her banner Otter Films. Co-producers on the project are Poland’s Odra Film and Belgium’s Earlybirds Films.