Cinephil picks up “Snow Monkey”

The distributor has acquired the worldwide rights to Australian filmmaker George Gittoes' Snow Monkey (pictured) ahead of its international premiere at IDFA.
November 10, 2015

Tel Aviv-based sales agent Cinephil has taken the worldwide rights to Australian filmmaker George Gittoes’ Snow Monkey (pictured) ahead of its international premiere at IDFA.

The film follows Gittoes through the streets of the war-torn city of Jalalabad, Afghanistan, where he recruits several competing street gangs to star in, film and produce local Pashto-style films.

Cinephil MD Philippa Kowarsky negotiated the deal with Snow Monkey producers Gittoes and Lizzette Atkins of Unicorn Films.

Torstein Grude and Bjarte Mørner Tveit of Piraya Film serve as the film’s executive producers.

The documentary marks Gittoes’ return to IDFA, where he previously screened Miscreants of Taliwood, shot in Peshawar, Pakistan alongside Taliban-besieged filmmakers.

Snow Monkey will screen as part of IDFA’s feature-length competition on November 20.

“We are thrilled to be working on this outstanding film, which offers an unprecedented understanding of the lives of the people of Jalalabad, breaking through stigmas and stereotypes using arts, music and fun,” said Kowarsky in a statement.

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