Laotian filmmaker’s “DEAREST SISTER” rolls soon, gets distro


Mattie Do, director of CHANTHALY—the first-ever horror feature to lens in Laos—is getting back behind the camera for her sophomore film late this spring, and it’s already repped for North American distribution.

Do will helm DEAREST SISTER, a co-production between Laos, France and Estonia, for producers Lao Art Medai, Annick Mahnert of Screen Division and Sten Saluveer and Helen Lõhmus of Oree Films. According to the press release, “Do’s sophomore feature tells the story of a village girl who travels to capital Vientiane to care for her rich cousin who has mysteriously lost her sight, and somehow gained the ability to communicate with the dead. Matters are further driven downfall by the cousin’s ambivalent marriage with an Estonian expat, who has his own dark secrets to hide. Music and radio celebrity Vilouna Phetmany and Estonia’s theatre and screen veteran, Tambet Tuisk [POLL, DEMONS, ZERO POINT] play the couple with Amphaiphun Phommapanya [CHANTHALY] starring as the village girl.”

XYZ Films is representing DEAREST SISTER for U.S. release, and Toronto-based Raven Banner Entertainment has snagged international rights. The film is set to debut next year. You can learn more about it on Facebook and read about Do and CHANTHALY in Fango #326.

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