Playtime looks to the future at Berlin
by Fabien Lemercier
- Eight films in post-production feature on the firm’s line-up, including the upcoming titles by László Nemes, Olivier Assayas, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Markus Schleinzer and Dani de la Torre
Despite the fact that French international sales agent Playtime (formerly Films Distribution) seems quite content to leave the limelight at the 68th Berlin Film Festival (15-25 February) to its German subsidiary Films Boutique (which will be negotiating deals for two contenders for the 2018 Golden Bear, with Season of the Devil by Filipino director Lav Diaz and Pig by Mani Haghighi, as well as for the documentary Eldorado [+see also:
film profile] by Switzerland’s Markus Imhoof out of competition and L'Animale [+see also:
film profile] by Austria’s Katharina Mückstein in Panorama), Nicolas Brigaud-Robert, François Yon and Sébastian Beffa’s team will certainly not be lacking in some serious ammo at the European Film Market.
Standing out among the eight films in post-production on Playtime’s slate are two likely candidates for the next Cannes competition: Sunset , the much-anticipated second feature by Hungary’s László Nemes, following Son of Saul [+see also:
Q&A: László Nemes
interview: László Rajk
film profile] (Oscar for Best Foreign-language Film in 2016 and Grand Prix at Cannes in 2015), and Non Fiction by Olivier Assayas.
Two other filmmakers who have also previously taken part once in the hunt for the Palme d’Or are also in post-production with their latest efforts: The Summer House by Valeria Bruni Tedeschi (see the article) and Angelo by Austria’s Markus Schleinzer (who rose to prominence in competition at Cannes in 2011 with his controversial feature debut, Michael [+see also:
film profile]), which will be pre-sold based on a promo reel. It tells the epic story of a young Nigerian in the 18th century, who is abducted at the age of ten and thrust into the world of the European aristocracy (with a cast comprising Makita Samba, Alba Rohrwacher and Larisa Faber).
At the EFM, Playtime will also be banking on promo reels to pre-sell Treat Me Like Fire [+see also:
interview: Marie Monge
film profile] by Marie Monge (see the article – starring Tahar Rahim and Stacy Martin), Who Killed Lady Winsley? by Hiner Saleem (see the article), and 15 Minutes of War by Fred Grivois (with a cast including Olga Kurylenko and Alban Lenoir). The firm will also make use of a teaser to tout Gun City [+see also:
film profile] by Spaniard Dani de la Torre.
(Translated from French)
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