July 15, 2020

Heretic Outreach Acquires “Summer Survivors” TIFF Discovery Title for International Sales

The film world premiers at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival.

Heretic Outreach has announced the addition of SUMMER SURVIVORS (Lithuania) to their International Sales slate. SUMMER SURVIVORS is the feature film debut from Director Marija Kavtaradze, produced by Marija Razgutė (Trote, Locarno 2018).

This is a deeply touching and heartwarming film,” said Ioanna Stais, Head of Sales and Acquisitions for Heretic Outreach, “and I am confident that it’s humour and profound sense of hope will communicate with audiences worldwide. Therefore, I could not think of a better launching platform for this film than TIFF’s Discovery section, where bright new storytelling talents like Marija Kavtaradze can shine!

We are proud and happy to be working with Heretic Outreach for the international sales for SUMMER SURVIVORS and being part of their carefully selected line-up,” said Producer Marija Razgutė. “From the early beginning of our negotiation we shared the same vision for this film – how to position it and place it to the market so that we can reach our widest audiences. And it goes without saying that it’s a great pleasure for me as a producer to work with the whole team of Heretic Outreach who are very passionate about our film, and equally supportive on the production side.  I am looking forward to this upcoming road trip!

A bittersweet summer adventure, SUMMER SURVIVORS addresses emotional fragility and mental health from the perspective of a rather rag-tag band of unlikely compatriots: An ambitious young research psychologist, Indre, and two patients from one psychiatric unit she has reluctantly agreed to transport to another unit at the seaside. Outgoing Paulius is a young man whose manic stage of his bipolar disorder stands in great contrast to the introvert Juste whose wounds are hidden from sight, but they both struggle to fight the inner battles that define them. As they all navigate the survival process together, what looks like a carefree summer ride with friends sharing laughs from the outside, is in truth a journey full of hopes, surprises and the promise that anything is possible.

“I am very happy to present our film at TIFF,” said Director Marija Kavtaradze. “The fact that we were selected, really moved me — not only because TIFF was one of my dream festivals but also because when we were selected, I was reassured that this film can be understood and liked somewhere so far from my home country, Lithuania. “

Marija Kavtaradzė also co-written the feature film “The Saint” directed by Andrius Blazevicius that premiered at Busan IFF and Warsaw ISFF in 2016. The film had a theatrical release in Lithuania in 2017, with the box office of more than 250 000 Eur. Considered to be one of the most talented upcoming filmmakers in Lithuania, Marija Kavtaradze was granted support from Lithuanian Film Centre for her debut feature film SUMMER SURVIVORS.

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/287075973

Check out more about the film: http://heretic.gr/summer-survivors/

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