MASHA – A New Acquisition

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– Keeping it in the MetFilm Family –

We are pleased to be continuing our collaboration with the super talented, multi-award winning Lithuanian filmmaker Giedre Zickyte, with whom we’ve been working on THE JUMP for the past three years! Giedre has had a very busy year, finishing THE JUMP, delivering Sundance 2020 award-winning THE EARTH IS BLUE AS AN ORANGE (which she produced) and pitching her new project MASHA at Baltic Sea Docs, the Edinburgh Pitch, IDFA Forum, and last week at Hot Docs Forum.

We are thrilled to announce that we have now officially come on board MASHA as the world sales agent for the film. We look forward to collaborating with the very impressive and one of the nicest people in the business, an Oscar winning producer, Christine Le Goff (“Murder on a Sunday Morning” 2001), and reuniting with Uldis Cekulis who will co-produce the film. This is Uldis’ third collaboration with Giedre, and fourth with Vesna, our head of sales. MASHA was first developed by Christine in collaboration with Nick Ware, whom MetFilm worked with on our 2016 production SOUR GRAPES (Netflix).

The film will be a co-pro between ZED (France), Moonmaker (Lithuania) and VFS (Latvia).



The recent discovery of 30,000  negatives shot by an unknown street photographer Masha Ivashintsova reveals extraordinary scenes of the daily life behind the Iron Curtain in the final years of the USSR.  As the negatives are being catalogued and printed, the  surprising images reveal a reality far from Soviet propaganda.  But, who was Masha? A wife, a lover, an artist’s muse, a librarian, a cloakroom attendant, an elevator mechanic, a penniless aristocrat, a mental asylum patient.  As the filmmakers search through her photos and diaries, a story worthy of a Dostoyevsky novel emerges.

As announced last week, MASHA was awarded First Look prize at Hot Docs Forum 2020. We are now busy developing, scanning negatives, and meeting financiers.

For more, visit the film’s page.


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