Of An Age, Goran Stolevski‘s second feature film, has been chosen by Focus Features.
The news comes as the distributor prepares to release the helmer’s debut movie, You Won’t Be Alone, in limited distribution this weekend. The film is about a witch seeking for human connection in 19th century rural Macedonia.
The movie takes place in the summer of 1999, a 17-year-old Serbian-born Australian amateur ballroom dancer has an unexpected and passionate affair within just a day with the elder brother of a friend. Elias Anton, Thom Green, and Hattie Hook feature in the film.
Kristina Ceyton and Samantha Jennings of Causeway Films are the producers of the film, which concluded production in December in Australia.
Bankside Films is the international sales partner; Screen Australia, VicScreen, the Melbourne International Film Festival Premiere Fund, Kojo Studios, and others are investors.
The transaction was arranged on behalf of the filmmakers by Bankside Films and UTA.
“We’re very happy to have our second film Of An Age with the wonderful staff at Focus Features,” Stolevski, Ceyton, and Jennings remarked. They described it as “extremely different but no less distinctive” than You Won’t Be Alone, which had its world debut at Sundance and is currently showing on 147 screens. It follows Nevena (Sara Klimoska), a young girl who is converted into a witch by an evil ghost known as the Wolf-Eatress (Anamaria Marinca). As they traverse the slope, the “witch-mother” becomes increasingly spiteful, and it’s evident that her protegee prefers human companionship. Each body Nevena takes over teaches her more about them – two ladies and a male (Noomi Rapace, Alice Englert, Carloto Cotta).
You Won’t Be Alone was inspired by Eastern European folk stories, according to Stolveski, who studied at the Victorian College of the