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October 28, 2015

Soda Pictures acquires Difret


Jordan Pinto / Playback

Thunderbird’s Soda Pictures has acquired all Canadian rights to the drama, which was executive produced by Angelina Jolie.

Thunderbird’s Soda Pictures has acquired the Canadian rights to Difret, from writer/director Zeresenay Berhane Mehari and executive producer Angelina Jolie.

The film, due to open on Nov. 6 at Toronto’s Carlton Cinema, is based on the true story of Hirut, a 14 year-old Ethiopian girl who accidentally kills a man who attempts to kidnap and marry her. As local law dictates, Hirut is faced with a death sentence, until women’s legal aid lawyer Meaza steps in.

Soda is also distributing the film in the U.K., where it opened in March, while Amplify Releasing holds the U.S. distribution rights to Difret.

Difret is produced by Mehret Mandefro and via director Mehrani’s Haile Addis Pictures shingle. In 2014, the film won Sundance’s Audience Award: World Cinema Dramatic and Berlin International Film Festival’s Panoroma Audience Award.

Other recent acquisitions made by Soda include Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise and Alice Winocour’s Disorder. The distributor is based in London and was acquired by Vancouver’s Thunderbird in September 2014.