M-Appeal Signs Multi-Territory Deal on Gay Romance ‘Liuben’

Berlin-based gross sales outfit M-Appeal has closed two multi-territory offers for Bulgarian homosexual summer-romance movie “Liuben,” directed by Venci Kostov.

The movie has been acquired by TLA Entertainment for North America, France, U.Okay. and Ireland, and Cinemien for Germany, Austria, German-speaking Switzerland, Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg, Spain, Italy and Sweden.

“Liuben,” which has its world premiere at Guadalajara Intl. Film Festival in June, is the primary overtly homosexual movie from Bulgaria. Roma actors, who’re normally absent from Bulgarian cinema, play lead roles within the movie.

The movie follows Victor, 27, who returns to his childhood residence in Bulgaria for his grandfather’s funeral, and decides to remain for the summer time. While reconnecting along with his father and the village lifestyle, he unexpectedly finds love within the type of Liuben, an 18-year-old Roma boy. Despite their variations, and the conflicts round them, Victor and Liuben discover refuge in one another.

LGBT distributor TLA Entertainment’s earlier releases embody “Bridesman” (2022), “Dry Wind” (2020) and 2020 Teddy winner “No Hard Feelings.” “ ‘Liuben’ is a great addition to our slate, we are proud to bring the first gay film from Bulgaria to our audience,” Adam Silver, director of worldwide acquisitions at TLA Entertainment, stated.

Cinemien, whose current titles embody “Lost Illusions” (2021), “Burning Days” (2022), and “Lonesome” (2022), are planning a tailored launch for “Liuben,” involving cinema event-screenings for homosexual audiences in numerous cities.

M-Appeal has additionally closed a take care of Cinemien for erotic homosexual thriller “In Bed,” which premiered in Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival final yr. The movie, by Nitzan Gilady, takes place over an evening of intercourse, medicine and paranoia in Tel Aviv. Distribution for the movie has already been secured in France, North America, Poland, U.Okay. and Ireland.

Cinemien will launch the movie in Germany, Austria, German-speaking Switzerland, Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg, Spain, Italy and Sweden.

M-Appeal, which has a powerful give attention to representing LGBTQ and female-centered movies, are celebrating 15 years of the corporate this yr. The company is dealing with gross sales for 2 titles within the Cannes Film Festival: ACID title “Let Me Go” by Maxime Rappaz, and Critics’ Week title “Power Alley” by Lillah Halla.

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