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BERLIN 2017 Market / France

Alma Cinema makes its way to the EFM with To The Ends Of The World

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- The new film by Guillaume Nicloux, which is set to shoot in March, takes centre stage on the firm’s slate, while another new addition is A Blue Bird in My Heart

Alma Cinema makes its way to the EFM with To The Ends Of The World
Gaspard Ulliel graces the promo poster for To The Ends Of The World

Launched in May 2015 and managed by Sarah May, French international sales agent Alma Cinéma is shifting up a gear, as it is set to arrive at the European Film Market of the 67th Berlin Film Festival (9-19 February 2017) with a tantalising line-up of six titles, two of which are currently being prepared and two are in post-production. The firm’s contingent is spearheaded by To The Ends Of The World [+see also:
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interview: Guillaume Nicloux
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, the 14th feature by the unusual and talented Guillaume Nicloux (in competition at Berlin in 2013 with The Nun [+see also:
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interview: Guillaume Nicloux
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 and at Cannes in 2015 with Valley of Love [+see also:
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; also popular in the Berlinale Forum with The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq [+see also:
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 in 2014 and The End [+see also:
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 in 2016). The shoot for the movie will kick off in Vietnam at the end of March, with a cast including Gaspard Ulliel (nominated for the César Award for Best Actor in 2015 and 2017 for Saint Laurent [+see also:
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Q&A: Bertrand Bonello
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 and It’s Only the End of the World [+see also:
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), Gérard Depardieu (who is working with the director for the third time, following Valley of Love, which earned him a nomination for the César Award for Best Actor in 2016, and The End, which was nominated in the same category at the 2017 Lumières) and Guillaume Gouix (nominated for the César Award for Most Promising Actor in 2012 for Jimmy Rivière [+see also:
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interview: Teddy Lussi-Modeste
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 and popular at Rotterdam last week in This Is Our Land [+see also:
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interview: Lucas Belvaux
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).

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Penned by Nicloux and Jérôme Beaujour (nominated for the César Award for Best Adaptation in 2009 for Love Me No More [+see also:
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 and who already partnered up with the filmmaker to write The Nun), the story begins in Indochina in 1945. Robert, a young French soldier, witnesses the Japanese executing his family. Hungry for revenge, he enlists in the fight alongside the French soldiers, but his encounter with an Indochinese prostitute will turn his beliefs and his hatred on their head. 

Produced by Sylvie Pialat and Benoît Quainon for Les Films du WorsoTo The Ends Of The World will be filmed in Vietnam from the end of March until May. Having been pre-purchased by Canal+ and Ciné+, the film will be released in France by Ad Vitam.

Also arriving on Alma Cinéma’s line-up is another film currently being prepared: A Blue Bird in My Heart, the directorial feature debut by French screenwriter Jérémie Guez, an English-language project toplined by Denmark’s Roland Møller (Bodil Award for Best Actor in 2016 for Land Of Mine [+see also:
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interview: Louis Hofmann
interview: Martin Zandvliet
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) and Belgium’s Veerle Baetens (European Film Award for Best Actress in 2013 for The Broken Circle Breakdown [+see also:
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interview: Felix van Groeningen
interview: Felix Van Groeningen
interview: Felix Van Groeningen
festival scope
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). It tells the story of an ex-convict who has his sights set on a quiet life, but is savagely wrenched away from it when the daughter of the woman hosting him is attacked. The production is being staged by Aimée Buidine for Atchafalaya Films et by Julien Madon (Producer on the Move 2016 – interview) and Julien Leclercq for Labyrinthe Films.

Another new addition to the company’s slate is The Charmer [+see also:
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interview: Milad Alami
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 by Milad Alami, a feature debut in post-production, produced by Denmark (Good Company Films) together with Sweden (Garagefilm International) and France (Vixens), and revolving around a charming young Iranian man in search of a wife so that he can lawfully stay in Denmark.

Another interesting title in post-production is the Canadian zombie survival flick Ravenous by Robin Aubert (starring Marc-André Grondin and Monia Chokri); plus, there will be a market premiere for Not on My Watch [+see also:
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 by Emmanuelle Cuau (released in France on 29 March) and a screening of In Between [+see also:
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interview: Maysaloun Hamoud
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]
 by Maysaloun Hamoud (awarded at San Sebastián and also set to be distributed in France from 29 March).

(Translated from French)

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