Indie Network Releasing adopts 'Cats'

Bahman Ghobadi's "No One Knows About Persian Cats"

LONDON -- Indie Network Releasing is purring after picking up all U.K. rights to Bahman Ghobadi's "No One Knows About Persian Cats" in a deal with sales banner Wild Bunch.

The fledgling British indie is aiming to build up a release slate of "thought-provoking world cinema titles," according to Network Releasing managing director Tim Beddows.

Ghobadi's fifth movie opened Un Certain Regard during Cannes this year and follows Iranian musicians Negar (Negar Shaghagi) and Ashkan (Ashkan Koshanejad) as they look for band members to play at a London concert plus the visa that allows them to leave Tehran to do so.

The soundtrack music is taken from a wide range of genres including Iranian rap, jazz and electric blues.

Executive produced by imprisoned Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi, the film includes performances in English and Farsi.

The U.K. theatrical rollout is scheduled for spring 2010.