RAKE FILMS

ANBESSA

documentary-hybrid feature
Ethiopia / Italy / USA

World Premiere at the 69th Berlinale
* Crystal Bear nominee (Generations KPlus)
* Glashütte Documentary Prize nominee

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A boy caught between the ancient and the new navigates modernization on his own terms. By becoming a lion (anbessa) he can fight back against the forces outside of his control.

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Directed by Mo Scarpelli
Producers - Caitlin Mae Burke, Mo Scarpelli
Exec Producers - Danielle Perissi, Gelila Bekele
Assoc Producers - D.D. Wigley, Pierce Varous
Dir of Photography - Mo Scarpelli
Editors - Nico Leunen, Thomas Pooters
Music - Erik K Skodvin

Produced by Rake Films
in association with Moby Group

additional festivals + awards

+ IDFA
+ Hot Docs
+ Rooftop Films
+ Human Rights Watch FF London
+ Durban Intl Film Festival
+ DocPoint Helsinki
+ FIPADOC
+ MountainFilm Telluride (Best Director Award)
[ more below ]

"A masterful work of sensory ethnography."
Film Stage


INTERNATIONAL SALES

SWEET SPOT DOCS
Anna Berthollet
anna@sweetspotdocs.com

NORTH AMERICA SALES

RAKE FILMS
hello@rakefilms.com


"ANBESSA does not play tricks... the movie is beautiful, humorous and thought-provoking. ANBESSA provides a portal into what makes human experiences universal."

Little Village

[ exclusive clip from the film ]

"A closely observed documentary with a few surrealistic flourishes...
Scarpelli holds both fear and hope in her hands, refusing to pick a side."

Goombastomp


UPCOMING SCREENINGS

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JANUARY 22
FIPADOC
Biarritz, France

JANUARY 27 - FEBRUARY 2
DocPoint Helsinki

FEBRUARY 1-8
MiradasDoc
Tenerife, Spain

MARCH 12-22
DC Environmental Film Festival
Washington DC, USA

MARCH 25 - APRIL 5
Cleveland Intl Film Festival
Cleveland, OH, USA

MARCH 27
Cineculture
Fresno State University, USA

MARCH 22-31
Pripovedovalski Festival // Storytelling Festival
Ljubljana, Slovenia

PREVIOUS FESTIVAL SCREENINGS


+ 69th Berlinale International Film Festival
*Crystal Bear Nominee (Generational KPlus)
*Glashütte Documentary Prize Nominee

+ Human Rights Watch Film Festival London

+ Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival

+ Durban International Film Festival
*Special Mention for Best Documentary

+ Maryland International Film fes

+ Rooftop Films

+ DOC NYC

+ MountainFilm Telluride
*Best Director Award
*Honorable Mention for Best Documentary Feature

+ Maryland International Film Festival

+ Mammoth Lakes Film Festival

+ Berkshire International Film Festival

+ San Francisco DocFest

+ Woods Hole Film Festival
*Runner-up for Best Documentary Feature

+ Port Townsend Film Festival

+ Take One Action Film Festival - Scotland

+ FlyWay Film Festival

+ Heartland Film Festival

+ Santa Fe Independent Film Festival

+ New Hampshire Film Festival

+ UNICEF Innocenti Film Festival - Florence, Italy

+ Cucalorus Film Festival

+ Ljubljana International Film Festival

+ Rome Independent Film Awards
*Nominee for Best National Film

+ IDFA
*Nominee for Kids & Docs Competition

+ Olympia Intl Film Festival for Children & Youth
*ECFA Award for Best Documentary

+ This Human World Film Festival - Vienna, Austria

+ London Migration Film Festival at Bertha DocHouse


PREVIOUS OTHER SCREENINGS

+ Olafur Eliasson Studios
*Special screening for the artist's studio in Berlin

+ Other Cinema series, The Yellow at Wembley Park - London

+ FilmScene - Iowa City, USA

+ Art of Buna - Cologne, Germany

+ Doctober at the Pickford Film Centre - Seattle, USA

+ Copenhagen Architecture Festival
in collaboration with the 2019 C40 World Mayor's Summit

+ UCLA
hosted by Luskin School & African Studies Center

PRESS


"A masterful work of sensory ethnography."
Film Stage

"Visually arresting... incredibly fascinating, thought-provoking, and absolutely worth watching."
Film Threat

"Beautiful, humorous, and thought-provoking."
Little Village

"Eloquent... a tender portrait"
Sight & Sound Magazine

The 50 Most Anticipated Films of 2019
Filmmaker Magazine

"Hope and despair intermingle in a profoundly cinematic mix."
Hammer To Nail

"A touching document that leaves us pensive in the face of our overconsumption society.
The realization is very neat and so very successful."
Télécable Sat

"Between real and imaginary, a beautiful portrait of a child... which gives shape to his inner universe
while exposing the difficulties of its existence."
Télérama France

"Radiates an uncommon lightness and a deep sense of harmony with the world around us."
MyMovies Italy

Anbessa, the strength of the lion in the Ethiopia of change
Cinecittà News

16 Great Documentaries from 2019
VOX.com

Fairytales from the In-Between
Feminist Dispatch Magazine

Growing Pains in Ethiopia: Film Spotlights
Hidden Cost of Urban Growth

Voice of America

Berlin 2019: Screen's guide to the Special,
Generation and Forum titles

Screen Daily

Stolz like a lion
Der Taggespiegel

Berlin: First Generation Section Films Unveiled
Variety

ANBESSA in La Lucarne
ARTE Magazine

Ranked in Top 20 of all Berlinale Films
Cannes/Berlinale Critics Rankings


REQUEST A SCREENER

ANBESSA is currently showing at festivals, cinemas, universities and other venues around the world.
Please email hello [at] rakefilms [dot] com for a private screener + to set up a screening.

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CONTRIBUTE


Asalif, the young protagonist of this film, is a genius.

If you feel moved by the film and want to contribute to him + his future, you can here:


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All the money in this PayPal account is sent to Asalif's bank account in Ethiopia.

Thank you.

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