Olive Films has announced the acquisition of the North American Theatrical, TV, Video and Educational rights of "Nothing Personal," the Irish-Netherlands co-production directed by Urszula Antoniak. Winner of seven awards at the 2009 Locarno International Film Festival, including Best First Film, FIPRESCI Prize, and Best Actress Award for Lotte Verbeek, and Winner of the Golden Calf for Best Feature at 2009 Netherlands Film Festival, "Personal" is slated to open in the US in the Fall 2010.
The film is the story of a young rebellious woman (Lotte Verbeek) and an old sage (Stephen Rea), who challenge each other in a story about personal freedom and attachment. She is a young Dutch woman, who after throwing away all her possessions becomes a vagabond by choice and finds the solitude she was looking for in an austere landscape of Irish Connemara. He is a man in his prime who lives a solitary life in a secluded house in Ireland. She is radical and uncompromising. He is wise and ironic. What connects them is solitude they both see as freedom.
"We are proud to present this cinematic gem to the audiences of North America," Farhad Arshad, president of Olive Films said in a prepared statement. "It visually captures the pain of loneliness and gracefully paints the power of love as the solitary force which connects human beings with each other and with themselves".
Farhad Arshad negotiated this deal on behalf of Olive Films with Stefanie Zeitler, the Head of Sales for Bavaria Films.