By Aditi Patwardhan. Posted on May 05, 2016
Close on the heels of its scheduled premiere in the Directors' Fortnight section at Cannes 2016, Anurag Kashyap's upcoming thriller Raman Raghav 2.0 sees another exciting development prior to its release.
The Paris-based company Stray Dogs has acquired the world sales rights to the film. Besides this, Stray Dogs has acquired the rights to Rohit Mittal's mockumentary Autohead, which premiered recently at the Hong Kong International Film Festival.
Talking about the acquisition, Stray Dogs' founder Nathan Fischer said “It (Raman Raghav 2.0) is elevated bad-ass and, for sure, one of the edgiest and coolest films in the selection. I’d been scouting the film for a while and saw the first-cut in Mumbai in December.” The company is also touted to have secured sales for the film for France and Germany as well.
Inspired by the true story of Raman Raghav, the notorious serial killer of the 60's, the film has already intrigued Indian viewers. Kashyap however has added a twist to the story, by adding the character of a badass cop, played by Vicky Kaushal of Masaan fame and he has reiterated the same in an interview. The film is set to release in India on 24th June.
Rohit Mittal's Autohead is described as an amalgamation of the two classic films 'Man Bites Dog' and 'Taxi Driver'. The film features Mittal and his crew as filmmakers, who follow a migrant auto rickshaw driver Narayan (Sampat) to make a documentary. As the film progresses, it turns more complex and darker, as the suppressed violence inside Narayan starts taking over.
The film premiered at the HKIFF to positive reviews. The Hollywood Reporter in their review, wrote about the film: "This well-designed title actually reveals a lot about the multitude of schisms within Indian society today, while also taking a jab at the country’s infatuation with cinema and celebrities. ...With its urgent guerilla-style mise-en-scene, sharp editing and acerbic social commentary, Autohead will certainly stir a lot of interest on the festival circuit as it finally bows at the Hong Kong International Film Festival next week."
How does an international sales agent help an Indie film?
Most producers count on sales agents for getting the exact estimates of a film’s value in the market. Also, international sales agencies are firms that work towards helping you sell your movie to the international territories.
As an article by Filmmaker Magazine states "a sales agent works long-term with the producer, by acquiring a set of rights, pitch and sell these distribution rights to potential distributors around the world, draft distribution agreements, deliver the physical and electronic materials of your film to these distributors and finally, collect and pay the revenue due to the producer. An international agent helps craft the commercial life of the film on the world stage. A sales agent also helps with the marketing materials, as well as the festival strategy."
Stray Dogs Films was founded in January 2015 by Nathan Fisher, who was Head of Sales for Other Angle Pictures before he launched Stray Dogs. While the company aims to work primarily on theatrical sales, it will also be looking at innovative distribution strategies, which emphasise on strong festival and digital rollouts.
18 months after its inception, Stray Dogs has some of the interesting international titles in its kitty such as Argentine Edgardo Castro’s gritty drama La Noche, Brazilian writer-director Gabriela Almeida’s Friendly Animal and Issac Ezban’s sci-fi horror thriller The Similars. And now with the acquisition of Raman Raghav 2.0 and Autohead, the company has added two more interesting titles to it's catalogue.