The Open Reel adds Isabel Coixet documentary ‘The Yellow Ceiling’ to Cannes slate (exclusive)

Italian sales company The Open Reel has unveiled three new additions to its Cannes Marché slate, including Isabel Coixet’s latest film The Yellow Ceiling.

The feature documentary, produced by Miss Wasabi Films, tells the story of nine former students at Spain’s Lleida Theatre who filed a complaint against two of their teachers for sexual abuse.

The Open Reel’s slate also includes Eleonora Veninova’s debut Things Unsaid. This North Macedonian and Serbian co-production follows a troubled teenager who disturbs the fragile balance of a married couple when she moves in to stay with them, and was developed through Thessaloniki’s Agora Work In Progress lab in 2021. Veninova has previously written and directed a variety of shorts as well as the North Macedonian TV series. Producing Things Unsaid are DNF Films and Lilith.

The final new addition is Ştefan Constantinescu’s feature debut Man and Dog, which premiered in Goteborg and revolves around a Romanian guest worker in the city who returns to his hometown for a baptism but is secretly pursuing his wife’s infidelity. It is produced by microFILM, Klas Film, Doppelganger and Pandora Film Production. Constantinescu’s shorts have featured in Cannes Critics’ Week and Locarno.

New sales
The Open Reel has also announced a raft of new sales. All rights to Eyal Kantor’s Israeli title Like Me
have sold to North America (Breaking Glass Pictures), France (Optimale) and Germany (MG Films), while Portico Media has VoD rights for South and South East Asia.

Portico has also acquired VoD rights for Borja de la Vega’s Spanish drama Mía And Moi, while GM Films acquired all rights for Germany.

Italian distribution company Imago has acquired Maja Borg’s Spanish and Swedish documentary Passion (which premiered at CPH:DOX) as well as Daniel Nolasco’s Brazilian documentary Mr. Leather.

All rights to Ruth Caudeli’s Colombian drama Petit Mal have sold to Optimale for French territories. Vicente Alves do Ó’s Portuguese Tallinn premiere Sunburn and Santiago León Cuéllar’s Colombian coming of age drama The Good Manners have sold to GM Films for Germany.

Finally, Israeli VoD platform TLV has bought rights for Ruth Caudeli’s Leading Ladies and Daniel Nolasco’s 2020 Berlinale premiere Dry Wind.