24 July 2019
Copenhagen-based LevelK has acquired world sales rights for Czech-Latvian teen drama The Pack. The first shooting day took place on July 24th in Zlín, Czech Republic.
Highly anticipated film set in the world of an ice-hockey team where a main hero becomes a target of tough bullying, is directed by debutant Tomáš Polenský, produced by Prague-based 8Heads Productions and Ego Media from Riga, Latvia. The principal photography will take place on locations in Zlín and in Prague from July 24th till August 26th, with a few additional shooting days in autumn and winter.
The Pack stars young actors including Tomáš Dalecký, Tomáš Mrvík, Anastasia Chocholatá and Denisa Biskupová, several real hockey players, as well as well-known Czech actors like Jiří Vyorálek, Vlastina Svátková, Václav Vašák, Patrik Děrgel, and famous Latvian TV presenter Armands Puče.
The director says on the film: “According to research, one in almost every five children experiences bullying at some point in their life. This particular form of harassment is, however, almost always mentioned exclusively in the context of educational institutions; yet my own experience indicates that bullying often plays a role in youth sports organizations as well. And when it does, its brutality usually greatly exceeds any form of bullying experienced at school. “
We are thrilled that Danish company LevelK acquired the WS rights for The Pack already at the script stage. The film is expected to have its premiere in winter 2020.
The project was previously presented at Asia Project Market in Busan 2018, Riga IFF Forum 2018, Czech Spring Board 2018 and Zlín IFF work-in-progress 2019. The production of The Pack is supported by Czech Film Fund, National Film Center of Latvia, Creative Europe Media and Zlín Regional Film Fund.
Produced by: 8Heads Productions and Ego Media.
Co-producers: Moss & Roy, Sleepwalker, MagicLab and IS Produkce.
Partners: Prima TV, Bandi Vamos, Bauer, Kappa, Synot Auto Zlín, Optiscont, HC Berani Zlín, HC Ridera Vítkovice, Baagl.
Czech and Slovak distributor: Bontonfilm
World Sales: LevelK
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