BERLINALE 2021: FILMRISE ACQUIRES U.S. DISTRIBUTION OF “BEANS” FILM

The movie was awarded 2nd Runner Up of the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival and is an Official Selection at Berlinale 2021.

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“Beans”

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FilmRise, the New York-based film and television studio and streaming network, and WaZabi Films, a full-service sales agent that licenses theatrical feature films to distributors worldwide, has announced the acquisition of the full-length feature film “Beans” by FilmRise for the U.S.  

The coming-of-age story about a twelve-year-old Mohawk girl forced to grow up fast during the 1990 Indigenous uprising known as The Oka Crisis was awarded 2nd Runner Up of the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival and is an Official Selection at Berlinale 2021. “Beans” is directed by Tracey Deer, an Indigenous woman whose own experiences from the crisis inspired her to write this impactful movie. 

Danny Fisher, CEO of FilmRise, comments, “'Beans' is a perfect addition to our library of films showcasing important stories from underrepresented populations. Deer has created a powerful, eye-opening perspective about an historic event that shook the Indigenous community of Quebec exactly 30 years ago.”

“We are thrilled with all the honors that the Berlinale, TIFF and others have given us, and now Tracey’s voice and vision will be carried in the US with FilmRise. Our film’s story is so relevant to the times that we are currently living.” Added Anne-Marie Gélinas, producer.

“Beans,” produced by Anne-Marie Gélinas of EMAFilms, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, where Deer won the TIFF Emerging Talent Award and later was selected to TIFF Canada’s Top Ten.  The film went on to the Vancouver Film Festival where it won Best Canadian Film and Most Popular Canadian Narrative.  “Beans” has also played at the Sao Paulo Film Festival in Brazil and the Los Cabos Film Festival in Mexico.