Nowhere Man: Patrice Toy’s Drama Plays Venice and Montreal Fests

Patrice Toye’s Nowhere Man, which world premiers Thursday, August 28, at the Venice and Montreal film festivals, was boutght by Funny Balloons.

The script, which Toye co-wrote with Bjorn Olaf Johannessen, won the Sundance-NHK International Filmmakers Prize in 2006 under its previous title The Spring Ritual.

Toye’s debut feature Rosie, which screened at many festivals in 1998, was sold to 12 countries.

The drama centers on a middle-aged husband who entertains fantasies of a different life. Staging his death, he moves to an island but pines for his former existence, and wonders if he could ever claw it back. Its about a man who thinks hes not good enough for his wife, a man whos searching for a sense of identity, said Funny Balloons head Peter Danner.

Nowhere Man, a co-production between Belgium-Netherlands-Norway-Luxembourg, premieres in the Venice Days sidebar and in competition at Montreal World Film Festival.

Funny Balloons also has two Latin American films this year: Mexican Fernando Eimbckes Lake Tahoe and Chilean Pablo Larrains Tony Manero, a which played in Cannes festival Directors Fortnight.