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The Briss optioned by Submission Films

2010.02.18 — VANCOUVER, BC - New Star Books is pleased to announce that Submission Films has optioned Michael Tregebov's The Briss for film. The deal was arranged by Bill Hanna of Acacia House Publishing Services.

The Briss tells the story of a Jewish family in Winnipeg whose son is sent away to Israel on a Birthright tour. There, he falls in love with and impregnates a Palestinian woman to the chagrin of his parents.

Andrew Boutilier, president of Submission Films, says, "For me, what is most compelling about the The Briss is that it explores the volatile and timely issues of Middle-East politics and the effects it can have on a family halfway around the world. In the end however, the message that resonates most strongly is that love conquers all."

Publisher Rolf Maurer adds, "Michael has captured the very human dimensions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, even in a family living seemingly half a world away. The narrative relies heavily on dialogue, and Michael's ear for the way people's innermost feelings are revealed, in the way they speak is tailor-made for the screen."

From his home in Barcelona, Spain, author Michael Tregebov adds that he is "thrilled and thankful even with the possibility of turning The Briss into a film."

New Star Books publishes in the areas of social issues and politics; literary prose, both fiction and non-fiction; poetry; and culture and history of British Columbia and the West. New Star also publishes Transmontanus, a series of short illustrated books about some of the more unusual aspects of life in a corner of the world currently known as British Columbia.

Submission Films was founded in 2004 by Andrew Boutilier and has produced a number of features including Pink Ludoos, an Indo-Canadian romantic comedy and Severed, an eco-horror film described by Variety magazine as "pushing the zombie movie in a direction even George Romero would envy." Feature film development projects include Stay, a Canada-Ireland co-production; Bardo, a psychological thriller and Dowry Kings, an Indo-Canadian romantic comedy.