New Brit distribution outfit Anti-Worlds has acquired UK rights to Tim Mielants’ Patrick, a Savage Films production represented internationally by Beta Cinema. After receiving its world premiere at Karlovy Vary, where it grabbed the Best Director award, Patrick is to have its French premiere at this year’s Les Arcs Film Festival where it is part of the Playtime programme.

Patrick is the feature film debut of Tim Mielants after a successful directing career on TV shows such as Peaky Blinders, Legion and Cordon. Kevin Janssens (The Ardennes, The Room, Revenge, Undercover) stars as Patrick, a handyman on his parents’ clothing-optional campsite, whose life is thrown off its axis after he loses both his father and his favourite hammer. Jemaine Clement, Hannah Hoekstra and Pierre Bokma co-star. Producer is Bart Van Langendonck for Savage Film (Bullhead, The Ardennes).

The film also won Best Film and Director at Fantastic Fest in Austin and will be released theatrically in the UK by Anti-Worlds, the company founded by producer Andy Starke of Rook Films together with exhibitor Jason Wood of Manchester arthouse venue HOME, publicist Zoe Flower, and Sam Dunn and John Morrissey of Powerhouse Films, in 2020.

Patrick is exactly the sort of film Anti-Worlds was born for: funny, provocative and poignant. We are incredibly pleased to be able to bring the film to UK cinemas in 2020,” said Starke.

“Anti-Worlds is a young filmmaker-driven company that believes in the collaborative process and wants to do films that are exciting and outside the ordinary. Patrick is certainly such a film and one that provides for a distinctive cinematic experience, but also one that needs the passion you can feel from Andy and his team,” Beta Cinema’s Thorsten Ritter added.

Beta also confirmed sales to Romania with Transilvania Films. Benelux distributor is Paradiso Filmed Entertainment.