Review – Dearest Sister

Dearest Sister celebrated its World Premiere at the Fantastic Fest in Austin yesterday, September 25th. The first reviews have hit the web. And they’re positive!

Building on a persuasive original script by Christopher Larsen, director Mattie Do keeps the temperature rising with a greater variety of emotions and motivations than in Chantaly, resulting in a discomfiting movie that has an even greater, deeply moving impact. Source – Screen Anarchy, Peter Martin


The pacing is pensive, requiring viewers to patiently absorb what the movie offers. It’s a slow burn, and I found that the creepy moments felt REALLY creepy after the gentle rhythm of the movie throughout. The word practical also comes to mind when I think about this film. It delivers a good story without bells and whistles. It feels real. If you like over-the-top drama in your thrillers, this is not the film for you. If you love a tale well told with an uber-satisfying ending, make sure you catch this foreign indie from Laos. Source – Ain’t it Cool News, Diva Del Mar


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Festival Selection – Dearest Sister

Dearest Sister goes North! Mattie Do’s second feature has been selected to play at the Lund International Fantastic Film Festival, which is a member of the European Federation of Fantastic Film Festivals.

From the festival‘s webpage: “Do, Laos only horror film director and female director creates an atmospheric ghost story that pulls from local folk tales while also being a study of the social and gender politics.One of the year’s most exciting movies on many levels!”



Festival Selection – Dearest Sister

Dearest Sister will be opening this year’s inaugural Brooklyn Horror Film Festival, which will be held October 14th to 16th in Brooklyn, New York. Do is currently Laos’ only horror director, and Dearest Sister comes as only the thirteenth feature film to be produced is Laos’ cinematic history.

More information about the festival HERE.



Dearest Sister to Europe Premiere @ BFI

Dearest Sister, Mattie Do’s second feature, will celebrate its European Premiere at the 60th BFI London Film Festival on October 10th. The director, the producers and some of the crew members will be in attendance.

The BFI London Film Festival is the biggest event in the capital’s filmgoing calendar and hits cinemas across the city from Oct 5-16 2016. Screening everything from swanky, star-studded red carpet premieres of major Hollywood movies to the very best in world cinema, the LFF centres around Leicester Square but also branches out to local movie houses all over London.

Check out the complete programme HERE.


IndieWire reports on Frontières

Entitled Message From Fantasia: Now Is a Great Time to Make Genre Films, the article by Chris O’Falt tells about how the Frontières international co-production market demonstrates how the tight knit genre community invests in promising filmmakers.

“Now in its eighth year, the Frontières International co-production market takes place during the Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal. A majority of the leading financiers, distributors and producers of genre content gather for four days to meet individually with 20 promising genre projects.”

Screen Division has been collaborating with the Frontières co-production market for more than three years, providing mentorship to participants.

Read the full IndieWire article HERE.

New Nordic Film @ Haugesund

Screen Divison attended the International Film Festival in Haugesund, participating at the New Nordic Film Market. The market, which showcases the best of Nordic Film, also hosted the second round of the Nordic Genre Boost, which consisted in pitching the projects in front of film industry professionals and buyers. The Nordic Genre Boost will open their new call for projects later this year.

The list of the awarded films, works in progress and pitches can be found HERE.


SD joins Guachicolero

Screen Division has joined the projet Guachicolero as coproducer. The film, directed by Mexican upcoming director Edgar Nito, tells the story of a teenager whose life turns into a nightmare after a succession of bad decisions made for the love of a girl.

Nito, a graduate of the famous Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica in Mexico, previously directed two shorts films (Y volveré & Masacre en San José) that earned him several awards at festivals around the world as well as the segment Jarral de Berrios on the mexican anthology Mexico Barbaro.

Guachicolero is coproduced by Josh Sobel for F LLC in Los Angeles, whose latest production Are We Not Cats is the closing film of The Critic’s Week at the Venice Film Festival this year.


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