Toronto-headquartered distribution firm Syndicado has launched a film sales division in Europe.
Syndicado Film Sales will be led by Aleksandar Govedarica and will specialize in theatrical, digital and broadcast representation for documentary projects. Govedarica currently serves as Syndicado’s co-managing director for Europe.
While the company’s exact location still needs to be determined, a decision will be made in the coming weeks, according to a spokesperson.
Syndicado Films Sales acquisition of Ziad Kalthoum’s The Taste of Cement has been shortlisted for the European Film Awards and will anchor the company’s slate of docs heading to the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), which runs Nov. 15-26 in Amsterdam.
The Taste of Cement (85 minutes; pictured), which took home the Harrell Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 2017 Camden International Film Festival, is a portrait of Syrian construction workers building a skyscraper in Beirut after losing their past and their future.
Additional projects on the IDFA slate are Bernadett Tuza-Ritter’s A Woman Captured (world premiere; 89 minutes), about a woman’s escape to freedom from a life of modern day slavery; Lukas Kokes and Klara Tasovska’s Nothing Like Before (world premiere; 92 minutes), which traces two teens navigating the rigors of adulthood; and Arun Bhattarai and Dorottya Zurbo’s The Next Guardian (73 minutes), which documents the contrasting dreams of two generations within an ancient Buddhist monastery in Bhutan.
Also heading to the Netherlands is Daisy Asquith’s Queerama (7o minutes), which captures the relationships, desires, fears and expressions of gay men and women in the 20th century; Rok Bicek’s The Family (106 minutes), which follows a 14-year-old taking care of his special needs parents and older brother over a decade; and Rati Oneli’s City of the Sun (104 minutes), providing insight into the living environment of a semi-abandoned mining town.
“We’re incredibly excited and proud to present such a range of visually stunning and emotionally moving stories from around the world at IDFA this year” said Syndicado CEO Greg Rubidge in a statement. “As the doc world’s lens focuses on Amsterdam, we hope these stories raise awareness of the underlying issues they present and ultimately affect a positive change in perspective and understanding”.