New Europe Film Sales Picks up Latvian Mother I Love You


WARSAW: Warsaw-based sales agent New Europe Film Sales has acquired worldwide rights to the Latvian coming-of-age drama Mother, I Love You (Mammu, es Tevi mīlu) by Jānis Nords.

The drama follows 12-year-old Raimonds, who runs away from his strict mother and finds himself suddenly involved in the world of petty crime. "Though Raimonds is faced with a moral dilemma – to act dishonestly and escape punishment or tell the truth and face backlash – I tried to avoid teaching my protagonist a moral lesson. Instead, I was looking to portray a child, who thrown into the wildest of circumstances and faced with tough choices, manages to maintain humanity and gain conscience. In other words, a child who grows up,” Nords said. The cast includes Kristofers Konovalovs, Vita Vārpiņa, Matīss Livčāns and Indra Briķ

Mother, I Love You won of Berlinale Generation Grand Prix of the Generation Kplus International Jury for the Best Feature Film. The film is produced by Film Studio TANKA (Latvia) in co-operation with ARTBOX (Lithuania) with the support of the National Film Centre of Latvia and the State Culture Capital Foundation of Latvia. The picture had its international premiere in February 2013.

"When we set up New Europe Film Sales in 2010, we wanted to be a strong regional sales agent. We have a number of amazing Slovak, Polish, Romanian and Scandinavian films in the catalog and always keep our eyes open for good content from the region. When we saw Mother, I Love You in Berlin, we knew it's a strong title for young audiences both for cinema and TV – it's gripping and fast-paced and takes children and parents on a great ride. We really believe in it," Jan Naszewski, the CEO of New Europe Film Sales told FNE.

New Europe Film Sales is the only sales agent operating in Poland. It handles a number of award-winning features including Matt Porterfield’s Sundance/Berlinale film I Used to be Darker, the Gotham Award-nominated food drama Now, Forager: A Film About Love and Fungi by Jason Cortlund and Julia Halperin and Anka and Wilhelm Sasnal’s Rotterdam 2012 competition title It Looks Pretty From a Distance.


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