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  • Deckert Distribution names Liselot Verbrugge as CEO


    From Variety, November 18 2021

    Germany-based documentary sales outfit Deckert Distribution has named Liselot Verbrugge as its new CEO.

    The former Autlook Sales executive takes the reins of the company as founder Heino Deckert shifts gears to focus fully on production. Deckert has also further expanded with the hire of sales and acquisitions executive Patrizia Mancini.

    Verbrugge, who previously oversaw TV and VOD sales for Autlook, joined Deckert in early 2019 as head of sales and acquisitions. In her career, she has been responsible for the roll-out of double Academy Award-nominated “Honeyland” and for acquiring Francesco Montagner’s “Brotherhood” and Ahmet Necdet Cupur’s “Les Enfants Terribles.” She started in film production and worked for festivals such as IDFA and Cinekid before switching to international film sales in 2014.

    Deckert, who founded the sales agent in 2003, will remain a shareholder in the outfit, and also serve as an advisor. He said that after several years of managing various companies, he is “looking forward to focusing fully on my role as a producer” with his fiction and documentary-focused production company,

    Said the executive of Verbrugge: “I think she is the best and I have full trust in what she will do. With our production company,, we have a very exciting period ahead of us, with the shoot of a large fiction film early next year: Timm Kröger’s fiction debut as German/Austrian and Swiss co-production ‘The Theory of Everything.’ Plus we have several great documentary projects in the works, including the latest of Victor Kossakovsky, ‘Architecton.'”

    Elsewhere, Mancini will join Deckert Distribution at the end of this year after four years as an international development executive at French festival Sunny Side of the Doc, prior to which she built several years of experience in documentary sales.

    “In the past years I have always looked at Deckert’s catalogue as one of the most engaging in the European sales landscape and I couldn’t be more happy at the perspective of starting this new adventure working with my new colleagues,” said Mancini.

    Verbrugge said in a statement: “I am really excited about starting this new adventure, and feel we have a great team. But I am also happy to still have Heino in the family. His taste and connections have built up such a strong catalogue over the years, and we have an understanding that has created a great partnership.”

    She added: “We are glad to welcome with Patrizia such an experienced and competent reinforcement for our company.”

    Verbrugge noted that Deckert’s focus going forward will be largely “artistic films that can captivate the audience.”

    “But most importantly, the projects need to move us,” she said. “We are a small and dedicated team, and for us, working with films that we believe in, and with teams that we can build a long-lasting, trusting relationship with, is the most important.”

    Read the full Variety article here.

  • EFA Documentary Film Selection 2021


    The Documentary Film Selection of the European Film Awards is announced, and it's a great pleasure to see two of our films among this beautiful selection of 15 documentaries recommended for a nomination:
    GORBACHEV. HEAVEN by Vitaly Mansky and LES ENFANTS TERRIBLES by Ahmet Necdet Cupur!!!

  • Awarded at Sarajevo IFF 2021


    We are proud to announce that LES ENFANTS TERRIBLES by Ahmet Necdet Çupur won the Human Rights Award for the Best film of the Competition Programme - Documentary Film dealing with the subject of human rights at Sarajevo IFF 2021.

    Set in a close-Arab community, in a village situated in the south of Turkey, LES ENFANTS TERRIBLES is a story of clashes between generations, between the past and the present.

  • Pardo d'oro at Locarno IFF 2021


    BROTHERHOOD by Francesco Montagner won the Pardo d'oro in the Cineasti del presente competition at Locarno Film Festival 2021!
    Congratulations to the whole team!!!

    BROTHERHOOD is an intimate coming of age story following three young brothers in Bosnia, growing up under the shadow of their father’s influence, who must each decide: which man do you want to be?

  • World Premieres in Locarno


    We are proud to announce that our new acquisitions BROTHERHOOD by Francesco Montagner and STAND UP MY BEAUTY by Heidi Specogna will celebrate their World Premieres at Locarno Film Festival 2021. BROTHERHOOD is selected for the Cineasti del Presente Competition. STAND UP MY BEAUTY will be a part of Semaine de la Critique.    

    The festival runs August 4-14, 2021.

  • Awarded at Visions du Réel 2021


    LES ENFANTS TERRIBLES wins the Special Award at Visions du Réel 2021. Congratulations to the director and the team!

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    Generational conflict stands in focus of the wonderfully accomplished debut feature length documentary directed by the Turkish-born, Paris-based filmmaker Ahmet Necdet Cupur.

  • Six titles at Visions du Réel 2021


    We are proud to announce that our six titles BELLUM – THE DAEMON OF WAR, THE BUBBLE, LES ENFANTS TERRIBLES, MOLECULES, CUBAN DANCER and GORBACHEV. HEAVEN are selected for Visions du Réel 2021.

    BELLUM - THE DEAMON OF WAR, THE BUBBLE, LES ENFANTS TERRIBLES will play in the main competition of the festival, which take place from April 15-25. The films will be available online as of April 15 (new works will be shown every day) while some activities will take place in Nyon in compliance with health measures.

  • Nominated for Grimme Award 2021


    HEIMAT IS A SPACE IN TIME by Thomas Heise is nominated for the Grimme Award 2021 in the media and culture category.

    A total of 69 productions in four categories were nominated for this prestigious award.

    Grimme Prize winners will be announced on May 11.

  • Gorbachev. Heaven wins at IDFA 2020


    GORBACHEV. HEAVEN by Vitaly Mansky won the Award for Best Directing in the Feature-Length Competition at IDFA 2020.

    Jury statement: "This intimate portrait of a great man in decline is distinguished by an outstanding directorial hand, whether that is evidenced by the artistic decisions surrounding the portrayal and framing of the USSR’s last leader alone and vulnerable in his diminished surroundings, or in the interrogation of the witness as to his recollection of the events that define him and the world. All these choices lead to a vivid picture of a man who changed the world, which at times is tender, at others even humorous."