Dark Star Pictures Acquires North American Distribution Rights to LGTBQ Chilean Comedy “Phantom Project”
EXCLUSIVE: Los Angeles-based Dark Star Pictures has acquired the North American distribution rights to the Chilean LGBTQ comedy Ghost Project after its North American premiere at the 2022 Seattle International Film Festival.
Dark Star is slated for a September 2022 theatrical release for Phantom Project in New York, Los Angeles and other markets across the country, with on-demand and digital release to follow.
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In Ghost Projectwe follow Pablo, a young actor who dreams of starring in a movie, but to pay the bills he has to work as a simulated patient in medical schools and in bizarre alternative therapy sessions.
“Roberto has masterfully crafted a story of human affection, one we can all relate to.” Says Dark Star President Michael Repsch. “This heartwarming film connects more than ever to our times as we recover from the pandemic, and really shows the importance of connectedness.”
The film is written and directed by Roberto Doveris whose feature debut Las Plantas has already won the Grand Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival. The film stars Juan Cano, alongside Ingrid Isensee and Violeta Castillo – all of whom have previously starred in Las Plantas. The film produced by Niña Niño Films (Venice IFF Queer Lion Winner The Prince, potential victim, (im)patient) and is represented for worldwide sales by German company Patra Spanou Film.
“It’s really exciting. I made this movie with my best friends back home in a very difficult time of quarantines and social distancing and to see how far this story goes now is amazing,” Doveris said. film really captures all of my thoughts and obsessions about filmmaking, like mixing genres with fantasy elements, sexual exploration, pop culture in the 21st century, portraying the LGBTQ community, and, especially because of the pandemic, a nostalgia for human relationships and human affections. I really think American audiences will connect with Phantom Project.
Dark Star Pictures President Michael Repsch brokered the deal with Patra Spanou on behalf of the filmmakers.