Paris-based sales outfit Wide Management has snapped up rights to The Belgrade Phantom, the docufiction that is being described as the “Serbian Mesrine.”
Set during the 70s, the film tells the story of a mysterious and charismatic young rebel who annoys President Tito by joyriding around the city at night. While the Yugoslavian president unleashes his police force, the young man always stays one step ahead.
The Belgrade Phantom was directed by Jovan Todorovic and produced by Bogdan Petkovic for Emote Productions.
The film has been chosen in official selection at IDFA (International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam) later this month. All rights for the 80 minute feature are available excluding Serbia and Bosnia.
The new pick-up comes as Wide Management confirmed numerous deals on other titles on its AFM slate. Emmanuel Laurent’s Two In The Wave, a doc about the friendship between New Wave auteurs Jean-Luc Godard and François Truffaut, has been sold for all rights to Les Films Du Paradoxe for France, to Japanese outfit Cetera International and to Imovision in Brazil. These deals were concluded in the run-up to the market..
Meanwhile, Wide has also closed an all-rights deal in Italy with Fandango for Christian Poveda’s La Vida Loca, which looks at youngsters in Central America that model themselves on youth gangs in Los Angeles.
At AFM, Wide is screening footage of Laure Carpentier’s Gigola starring Lou Doillon, Eduardo Noriega and Marisa Paredes. The drama, set in early 60s Paris, is based on Charpentier’s autobiographical novel about a reckless young woman caught up in the nightlife of the city’s infamous Pigalle district.