UK distrib Curzon Artificial Eye has acquired a hat trick of classy titles — the Cannes competition fave Son Of Saul, Turkish film Mustang and A Storm In The Stars, the new project from multi-talented Saudi filmmaker Haifaa Al-Mansour.
Son Of Saul is Laszlo Nemes’ harrowing account of Jewish prisoners forced to assist the Nazis at Auschwitz, from Film Distribution. Mustang, playing in Directors Fortnight, is directed by Deniz Gamze Erguven and looks at five sisters growing up in a remote Turkish village who attempt to assimilate into the modern world, despite the pull of tradition from their family and community. Kinology are handling international sales.
A Storm In The Stars, charts the love affair between poet Percy Shelley and the teenage Mary Wollstonecraft, which resulted in Mary Shelley writing Frankenstein. Elle Fanning and Douglas Booth star. Hanway is repping sales on that project.
“What these films share, even through a diversity of stories and filmmaking styles is an astonishing level of surety and distinction. UK audiences will already be anticipating Son Of Saul following the critical acclaim it has received in Cannes. We hope they will be as enamored with Mustang as we are,” commented Curzon Artificial Eye managing director Louisa Dent. “Haifaa Al-Mansour is a director we have been following since her startling Wadjda and it is with great anticipation that we look forward to seeing what she does with a fantastic script about this most tumultuous of relationships.”