Paris-based Mediawan Rights has acquired the international rights to the animated feature documentary “Flavors of Iraq” from director Léonard Cohen.
“Flavors of Iraq” is a co-production between French productions Miyu, specialized in animation (“Blind Saule, sleeping woman” by Pierre Földes) and Nova Production specializing in documentaries (“Life in prison: Justice in Japan”) by Marie Linton. The cultural channel Arte France is also present as a co-producer.
“Our wish is to support projects that push the boundaries of this genre, by proposing new ways of telling creative stories as well as by redefining what a documentary can be,” said Arianna Castoldi, documentary sales manager at Mediawan Rights Variety.
In 2019, the distribution arm of Mediawan, one of the most successful independent production-distribution groups in Europe, launched a catalog of feature-length documentaries “because this market is currently booming and more daring projects are developing. in this form, less codified than the documentary TV format ”. said Castoldi.
“Flavors of Iraq” fits perfectly into this desire to merge documentary and animation to tell the story of Iraq through the eyes of the author Feurat Alani as a child. Alani is a French journalist of Iraqi descent who, after the tweets in his life went viral, wrote a book which won the prestigious Albert Londres Prize for French Journalism in 2019.
“We are delighted to collaborate with a strong and experienced player like Mediawan. Animated documentary is a new and truly exciting way to tell stories, ”said Emmanuel-Alain Raynal, founder of Miyu, adding:“ Relying on an enthusiastic and experienced international seller and his hybrid strategy of theatrical releases, festivals and platforms seems to us the way to reach the largest possible audience.
“Flee” by Jonas Poher Rasmussen, winner of the Annecy Crystal in 2021 – a complex portrait of an Afghan refugee – and the best European animated feature 2018 by Raúl de la Fuente and Damian Nenow “Another day of life “, On the struggles of war correspondent Ryszard Kapuściński during the Angolan War of 1975. Civil War, are two recent and vivid examples of” combining the power of a true story with the ‘enchanting’ world of animation. The public is ready for these films, ”concluded Castoldi.
Delivery of “Flavors of Iraq” is scheduled for 2023, marking the 20th anniversary of the outbreak of the war in Iraq.