Szabolcs Hajdu’s ‘Treasure City’ Acquired for UK and Ireland | New
Sovereign Film Distribution acquired the rights to UK and Ireland Hungarian drama by Szabolcs Hajdu Treasure city in direct agreement with the filmmakers.
The film had its international premiere at the German Cottbus Film Festival in December and was also shortlisted for the Sofia International Film Festival in Russia.
Sovereign is slated for a UK theatrical release on June 18 and is also making the title available for a virtual theater release, currently making deals with multiple venues.
Treasure city explores the dark side of human relationships, weaving together stories involving 22 people over the course of a night in the city. The cast of the ensemble includes Lilla Sárosdi, Magdó Pálfi, Domokos Szabó and writer / director Hajdu himself.
This is the latest feature film by the Hungarian writer, director and actor, whose sports drama White palms starred in the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight in 2006 and fantasy drama Pascal Library screened at the Berlinale in 2010 and won two awards in Sarajevo. Hajdu’s previous film, This is not the time of my life, won him the Best Actor Award and the Crystal Globe for Best Picture at Karlovy Vary in 2016.
Treasure city is produced by Jim Stark, Hajdu and Orsolya Török-Illyés for the Hungarian association Látókép-Production and Art-Játék, and co-produced by Romanian Filmtett and Swiss Bord Cadre Films. Sovereign Films embarked on the project as a co-producer at the script stage.
Sovereign Film Distribution is a recently established subsidiary of Sovereign Media Group, founded by Andreas Roald and former Merchant Ivory President Donald Rosenfeld. It has steadily won festival titles in recent months, including the award-winning drama Pilipino in Venice. Verdict, The Argentinian thriller by Francisco Márquez A common crime, which premiered at the Berlinale, and the Peruvian drama Song without a name, who made his Cannes debut.
Sister company Sovereign Films is known for its productions, including Effie gray, written by and with Emma Thompson, and supported the winner of the Palme d’Or by Terrence Malick Tree of life and Time travel.