Vienna-based sales outfit Autlook Film Sales, now in its 10th year, has arrived in Amsterdam with two world premieres in IDFA's Feature-Length competition: Machines and Amateurs in Space.
Machines is the feature-length debut of recent CalArts graduate Rahul Jain and was filmed in a textile factory in India. Autlook discovered Machines at Goa's Film Bazaar. "We were stunned by the film's artistic value, which goes to the heart of documentary filmmaking, pairing an astonishing visual vision with an intransigent look at social injustice. Rahul is an incredible young talent and we are very proud to have acquired his film", says Autlook CEO Salma Abdalla.
Autlook's second competition film is Amateurs in Space. For six years, award-winning director Max Kestner followed two friends and top engineers as they pursued their dream to build a DIY spaceship. Against all odds – family obligations and technical obstacles – they managed to build a rocket for not much more than the budget of a car.
As Autlook TV sales manager Andrea Hock says: "We signed the project three years ago when it was pitched as a comedy. But along the way, the friends got into huge fights, adding a tragic-comic layer, which Max turned into a complex narrative of friendship and ambitions."
Autlook is also handling Robinù by Italian journalist turned filmmaker, Michele Santoro. The film, which screens in IDFA's Best of Fests, offers a startling portrait of Neapolitan teenagers who become Mafia recruits.
Here at IDFA, Abdalla will present a panel on her company's sales and marketing strategy for the football biopic Becoming Zlatan by Fredrik and Magnus Gertten. The film (which screened at IDFA last year) was released in twenty-two territories. North America and Australia/NZ are currently in negotiation for a major SVOD platform release.