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Level 33 Entertainment takes US rights to 'Montréal Girls' - EFM - Deadline - knownews

February 19, 2023

EXCLUSIVE: Los Angeles-based sales and distribution company Level 33 Entertainment has acquired the US rights to Canadian-Salvadorian director Patricia Chica’s directorial debut Montreal Girls.

Newcomer Hakim Brahimi stars as Ramy, a conservative young man embarking on a journey of self-discovery as he navigates Montréal’s free-spirited subcultures in search of love and enlightenment.

Montreal Girls is produced by Objectif 9’s Bahija Essoussi and Samuel Gagnon in association with Patricia Chica’s production company Flirt Films. Chica also co-wrote the screenplay with American writer and director Kamal John Iskander. 

The deal for the film was negotiated between Canadian distributor and executive producer Paul Cadieux of Filmoption International and Andreas Olavarria, president and CEO of Level 33 Entertainment.

“Patricia Chica’s unique voice seamlessly delivers emotion and entertainment value in her independent feature film debut. Level 33 has the privilege of introducing this inspiring film to the American public,” said Olavarria.

The film premiered at the Cinequest festival in San Jose last August and won the Best Feature Award as closing film at the Los Angeles International Film Festival in November.

Besides Brahmi, Montreal Girls features a cast of emerging Canadian acting talent, including Jasmina Parent, Sana Asad, Jade Hassouné, Thomas Vallières, Guillaume Rodrigue, Simon Therrien, Marina Harvey and Nahéma Ricci, as well as veteran Quebec actors Manuel Tadros, Natalie Tannous, Chadi Alhelou and Martin Dubreuil .

The film was produced with the financial participation of Telefilm Canada, SODEC and the Harold Greenberg Fund, as well as state and regional tax credits.

Executive producers Paul Cadieux and Maryse Rouillard acted as investors through their distribution company Filmoption International.

The film also benefited from the support of the TIFF Filmmaker Lab, US + Canada In Progress, through an award from ORKA Studio in Poland that enabled the production to complete VFX and title animations, as well as the CFC/Slaight Family Canadian Music Fund, ChicArt and Flirt Films . 

Patricia Chica is represented by Alex Flores of Mojo Global Arts in Los Angeles.

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