Having just celebrated its third year, Heretic Outreach is happy to announce the acquisition of two titles, “Holiday” from Denmark and “The Reports on Sarah and Saleem” from Palestine.
Having so far represented films from the South Eastern European region, the Balkans and Turkey, Heretic Outreach branches out of its typical territory for the first time to take on two exceptional films, both premiering in the next few weeks in A-list festivals. “Holiday” by Isabella Eklöf, centering on the trophy girlfriend of a drug lord seeking the attention of another man while on holiday in Turkey, will world premiere in competition at the Sundance Film Festival. Meanwhile “The Reports on Sarah and Saleem” by Muayad Alayan, the story of how an illicit affair between an Israeli woman and a Palestinian man ignites a dangerous game of deceit, will debut at the Rotterdam International Film Festival, in the Tiger competition.
“Though outside of our territory so far, both films have strong connections to the area, as well as themes we really connected to, so this expansion feels like an organic step forward really,” Ioanna Stais, Head of Sales and Acquisitions at Heretic Outreach, explains. “We had been talking about it for some time, but it’s important to grow carefully, so we wanted to make this transition only when we felt ready for it and the right films came our way,” add Konstantinos Kontovrakis and Giorgos Karnavas, Heretic producers and partners.
Holiday: a dark gangster tale with a twist
Young and beautiful Sascha discovers her dream life of recklessness and fun comes at a price when she is welcomed into the “family” of her drug lord boyfriend at his holiday villa in the port city of Bodrum on the Turkish Riviera. Physical and psychological violence are a way of life in this volatile household, but when Sascha seeks the attention of another man, the velvet veneer is stripped raw to the bone. Is it possible that she could still leave this life of luxury and violence behind?
“We are delighted the film will have the strong representation that Heretic Outreach brings—it is a perfect match for this film of ours,” said “Holiday” producer David Sørensen.
The Reports on Sarah and Saleem: topical, gripping drama in the heart of Jerusalem
Sarah is Israeli and runs a café in West Jerusalem. Saleem is Palestinian from East Jerusalem and works as a deliveryman. Despite being worlds apart, Sarah and Saleem risk everything as they embark on a illicit affair that could tear apart their unsuspecting respective families. When a risky late-night tryst goes awry and threatens to expose them, the two of them look on helplessly as their frantic efforts to salvage what’s left of their lives further escalate things. Caught up in the occupying machinery and socio-political pressure, Sarah and Saleem find themselves trapped in a web of deceit and not even the truth looks able to stop it.
“We are very exited and happy to have Heretic represent the film as world sales,” said filmmakers Muayad and Rami Alayan. “We have known Heretic as a one of the bright players in production in Greece, Europe and the Mediterranean region and we are looking forward to this collaboration.”