Le Pacte has a Golden Bear contender in The Prayer
by Fabien Lemercier
- Cédric Kahn’s film stands tall on the sales agent’s line-up; there will also be a market premiere for Agnès Jaoui’s Place publique and promo reels for Lafosse, Corsini and Lilti
The international sales division of French company Le Pacte, headed up by Jean Labadie, is preparing to descend on the European Film Market at the 68th Berlin Film Festival (15-25 February) clutching a rich slate of 12 titles. Standing out among them is a feature that will have its world premiere in competition (which has not happened for Le Pacte in the German capital since 2014): The Prayer [+see also:
interview: Cédric Kahn
film profile] by Cédric Kahn. The film’s lead actor is Anthony Bajon, who plays a young man who tries to overcome his addiction by joining an isolated community in the mountains, run by former drug addicts who treat themselves through prayer. The tenth opus by the filmmaker, who previously took part in the race for the Golden Bear in 2004 with Red Lights and participated in the Cannes competition in 2001 with Roberto Succo, was produced by Sylvie Pialat and Benoît Quainon for Les Films du Worso, and co-produced by Arte France Cinéma, Rhône-Alpes Cinéma and Belgium’s Versus Production. Le Pacte will bring the film out in France on 21 March, and the official Berlin premiere will take place on Sunday 18 February.
At the EFM, the team managed by Camille Neel will also be pinning its hopes on the market premiere of Place publique [+see also:
film profile] by Agnès Jaoui (who toplines the movie alongside Jean–Pierre Bacri; see the news).
As for pre-sales, a tantalising screening of promo reels of films currently in post-production is on the agenda, including An Impossible Love by Catherine Corsini (an adaptation of the Christine Angot novel, starring Virginie Efira and Niels Schneider), Keep Going by Belgium’s Joachim Lafosse (see the article – also starring Virginie Efira, who is this time flanked by Kacey Mottet-Klein), The Freshman by Thomas Lilti (see the news – starring Vincent Lacoste and William Lebghil), Father and Sons by Félix Moati (see the article – another title starring Vincent Lacoste, alongside Benoît Poelvoorde), the comedy Happy Holiday by Patrick Cassir (starring Camille Chamoux, Jonathan Cohen, Camille Cottin and Jérémie Elkaïm), The Trouble-Shooter by Julien Guetta (see the article) and the documentary System K by Renaud Barret (who co-directed Benda Bilili! [+see also:
Other titles in post-production include Monos by Alejandro Landes (a co-production between Colombia, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Uruguay and Argentina) and My Polish Honeymoon by Elise Otzenberger (starring Judith Chemla, Arthur Igual, Brigitte Roüan and André Wims), not to mention (Girl)Friend by Victor Saint-Macary, which has been on the cinema listings in France since 17 January.
(Translated from French)
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