Canadian Distributor Kinosmith Acquires Three European Docs

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The films focus on Venice, poor working conditions worldwide and the changing role of documentaries.

U.K. documentary sales agency Taskovski Films has sold three internationally acclaimed feature documentaries to Toronto-based distributor Kinosmith.

The films -- The Venice Syndrome and Work Hard, Play Hard, by German filmmakers Andreas Pichler and Carmen Losmann, respectively -- have already been released theatrically in some European territories, including Germany and Austria. Documentarian, by Latvian directors Ivars Zviedris and Inese Klava, has been seen at festivals around the world including, recently, at New York's MOMA documentary fortnight.

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The Kinosmith deal, which Taskovski's managing director Irena Taskovski started negotiating at Toronto's HotDocs festival before closing during Cannes, will see a Canadian theatrical release for all three over the course of the year.

The Venice Syndrome, produced by Germany's FilmTank, goes beyond the picture-postcard image of the lagoon city to reveal the crumbling, sinking edifice beyond the tourist facade.

Asian audiences will also soon see the film after a deal was closed between Taskovski's sales executive Victor Fenes and Gino Hsu of Taiwan's Cineplex.

Work Hard, Play Hard lifts the lid on poor working conditions worldwide, while Documentarian is a quirky, playful film popular with cinephiles that looks at the position of documentary films “in an age of moral abandonment.”

Robin Smith, director of Kinosmith, said: “We are confident these amazing films will find an audience in Canada. Working with Taskovski Films is a pleasure, as they value identical qualities: exquisite filmmaking, bold visions and complex stories.”

Irena Taskovski -- whose past pick-ups include 2004 Czech satirical documentary spoof Czech Dream, which exposed the rampant commercialism in post-Communist Czech society -- said: “Kinosmith's passion for documentary films equals our own.”