Square Eyes Picks Up Tomasz Wolski’s Award-Winning Animated Doc ‘1970’

Vienna-based sales company Square Eyes has acquired Tomasz Wolski’s Polish animated documentary “1970,” which picked up the Special Jury Award at this year’s Swiss doc fest Visions du Réel.

The stop-motion animated pic, which is screening at the Krakow Film Festival, chronicles the increasingly violent efforts by Poland’s communist leaders to end widespread demonstrations over rising prices of food and other everyday items.

Square Eyes also recently added Chloé Galibert-Laîné and Kevin B. Lee’s German-French documentary work “Bottled Songs 1-4,” a collection of shorts that follow the directors’ investigation of online jihadist propaganda and how media-savvy groups like ISIS make effective use of stylistic devices drawn from Hollywood blockbusters.

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“Bottled Songs 1-4”
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“Bottled Songs 1-4” is screening at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in the Harbour section.

Likewise unspooling at IFFR is Square Eyes’ Dutch doc “A Man and a Camera” by Guido Hendrikx. The pic offers a silent tour of Dutch front doors, in which the director allows residents to react naturally and often surprisingly to his unexpected presence on their doorsteps.

Launched in 2013 by Wouter Jansen, former head of film programming at the Netherlands’ Go Short Film Festival, Square Eyes just sold Alina Gorlova’s doc “This Rain Will Never Stop” to Vitrine Filmes in Spain. The film follows a young man whose family fled the war in Syria to Ukraine, where he is now a Red Cross volunteer dealing with another military conflict. Jansen is also close to signing a deal for the film in Germany.

In addition, the company has sold Uruguayan-born director Alex Piperno’s Berlinale screener “Window Boy Would Also Like to Have a Submarine” to Cineteca Nacional for Mexico.

Square Eyes’ lineup includes Tim Leyendekker’s “Feast,” which premiered this year in IFFR’s Tiger Competition in February. Leyendekker’s debut narrative feature examines an infamous case in the Dutch city of Groningen in which three men drugged other men and infected them with their own HIV-infected blood.

It’s also handling world sales for Mexican director José Permar’s Visions du Réel screener “Off the Road,” which centers on the Baja 1000, the world’s largest annual all-terrain car race that takes place in the Baja California desert.

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