Sales and production team based in Paris totem movies has closed a slew of sales ahead of the Berlinale premiere of its competing title “My Favorite Cake” and Panorama opening film “Crossing.”
Lift me up“Crossing” was sold to Imagine for Benelux, New Story for France, Lucky Red for Italy, Avalon for Spain and Cineworx for Switzerland. As previously announced, a multi-territory agreement was also signed with Mubi.
Other territories are being negotiated and Totem will continue to sell the films at the European Film Market in Berlin.
Totem will also begin sales in Berlin of “Queen Mom,” which is in post-production. The film is directed by Manele Labidi (“Arab Blues”) and stars Camélia Jordana, Sofiane Zermani, Damien Bonnard and Rim Monfort. It will be distributed in France by Diaphana Distribution.
“My Favorite Cake” centers on Mahin, a seventy-year-old Iranian woman who lives alone. Mahin decides to break her solitary routine and revitalize her love life, but when she opens up to romance, an unexpected encounter quickly turns into an unforgettable evening.
The film marks the return to Berlin competition for Moghaddam and Sanaeeha after the success of “Ballad of a White Cow”, presented at the Berlinale in 2021. Totem sold the film to more than 40 distributors and it was screened at A-list festivals everyone.
“Crossing” follows Lia, a retired teacher living in Georgia, who made a promise to find her long-lost niece Tekla. Her search takes her to Istanbul, a beautiful city that seems full of connections and possibilities. There she meets Evrim, a lawyer who fights for the rights of trans people, and Tekla begins to feel more united than ever.
Akin, a Swedish filmmaker of Georgian descent, directed “And Then We Danced,” which premiered at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight in 2019 and was selected as Sweden’s official entry to the Oscars.