Be For Films aiming to score with Mercenaire
by Fabien Lemercier
- With Sacha Wolff’s film in the Directors’ Fortnight and three titles having their market premieres, the young Franco-Belgian sales agency is passing a milestone
For the first time since it was created two years ago, Franco-Belgian international sales agent Be For Films will be showing off a title on the line-up of a selection on the Croisette: Mercenaire [+see also:
interview: Sacha Wolff
film profile] by Sacha Wolff, which will have its world premiere in the Directors’ Fortnight. The team headed by Pamela Leu is hoping that this trump card will achieve a return on investment at the Film Market of the 69th Cannes Film Festival (11-22 May 2016).
"Mercenaire (read the article) is a real discovery and by no means your usual French film, particularly in terms of the production conditions, as it was shot in New Caledonia," stresses Pamela Leu. "It’s a really astonishing film in a French context, featuring a blend of sport, rugby, colonial connections and a young man asserting himself as he searches for his identity," summed up Edouard Waintrop, General Delegate of the Directors’ Fortnight, as he presented his 2016 selection.
At the Cannes Film Market, Be For Films will also be unveiling Struggle for Life [+see also:
film profile] by unusual young French filmmaker Antonin Peretjatko (read the article – released in France on 15 June, courtesy of Haut et Court) as a market premiere.
Also of note is the market premiere of Twisting Fate [+see also:
film profile] by Christophe Lioud, an adaptation of the novel Par hasard by Jean-Baptiste Destremeau, which revolves around a 17-year-old girl (played by Noémie Merlant). While she is on holiday in South Africa with her family, they vanish in an accident, causing her to run away, convinced that she is responsible for the tragedy... (produced by Bonne Pioche and La Voie Lactée).
Be For Films, which notched up some very impressive sales last year with Keeper [+see also:
interview: Guillaume Senez
interview: Kacey Mottet Klein
film profile] by Guillaume Senez, will again be pinning its hopes on Belgian cinema with the market premiere of Welcome Home [+see also:
film profile] by Philippe de Pierpont and screenings for Galloping Mind [+see also:
film profile] by Wim Vandekeybus. Furthermore, Pamela Leu’s team will also continue to sell Black [+see also:
interview: Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fal…
interview: Martha Canga Antonio
film profile] by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, which will soon get day-and-date distribution via The Tide Experiment in the United Kingdom (Vertigo), Spain (Karma Films), Portugal (Alambique) and Italy (Wanted Feltrinelli), not to mention a French e-cinema release (Panama Distribution). With the movie having been bought for such territories as Switzerland, Lithuania and Eastern Europe (HBO), negotiations are also at a very advanced stage for the United States.
(Translated from French)
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