The Bureau Sales to tout Our Wonderful Lives at Berlin
by Fabien Lemercier
- Pre-sales will kick off at the EFM for the new film by Fabienne Godet, which is in post-production and is generating a huge buzz
Described as a “real emotional bombshell” by Alexandre Mallet-Guy, the manager of Memento Films Distribution, which acquired the French rights to it at the end of November, Our Wonderful Lives by Fabienne Godet is one of the new titles on the line-up of The Bureau Sales, the international sales department of the French-British production outfit headed up by Bertrand Faivre. The firm will officially be launching pre-sales for the movie at the European Film Market during the 68th Berlin Film Festival (15-25 February).
More details have now emerged about this, the fourth feature by the director, following Sauf le respect que je vous dois [+see also:
film profile] (New Directors at San Sebastián in 2005), the documentary My Greatest Escape [+see also:
film profile] (Berlinale Forum in 2009) and A Place on Earth [+see also:
film profile] (Magritte Award for Best Actor in 2014), an extremely low-budget work that was shot in between two bigger films, and which Cineuropa originally reported on back in March last year (see the news). Standing out among the cast members are Julie Moulier, Johan Libéreau, Zoé Héran, Bruno Lochet, Abbès Zahmani, Camille Rutherford, Mourad Mousset and Sandor Funtek.
Written by the filmmaker together with Julie Moulier, the story revolves around Margot, Jérémy, Salomé, César and Sonia, five strangers aged between 18 and 50. They have nothing in common but the urgent need to rebuild themselves and the bonds that their addiction has destroyed. They all choose to abide by the rules of sharing, honesty, authenticity and humanity. An incredible group of people alive and screaming out loud, “United we stand, divided we fall...”
At Berlin, The Bureau Sales will unveil Postcards From London by Steve McLean as a market premiere, starring Harry Dickinson, Raphael Desprez and Ben Cura, among others. The film depicts an encounter in the heart of London between a very good-looking teenager from the suburbs and a group of male escorts who specialise in post-coital conversations. But the young man suffers from Stendhal syndrome (including hallucinations and bouts of unconsciousness), which is bound to complicate matters…
As for pre-sales, another title in post-production is Only You by British director Harry Wootliff, a feature debut starring Spaniard Laia Costa (Lola Award for Best Actress in 2015 for Victoria [+see also:
interview: Sebastian Schipper
film profile]) and British actor Josh O’Connor (God’s Own Country [+see also:
interview: Francis Lee
film profile]), who play a young couple pursuing the love of their dreams but who enter a world of suffering when they discover that they are unable to have a child.
Also of note are the Berlin screenings of two films that were revealed in competition at San Sebastián and that have already been widely sold by The Bureau Sales: So Help Me God [+see also:
interview: Jean Libon and Yves Hinant
film profile] by Belgian duo Jean Libon and Yves Hinant, and Sollers Point [+see also:
film profile] by the USA’s Matt Poterfield. Incidentally, the latter director has just presented his new project, Check Me in Another Place (which will be produced by Le Bureau together with the Hamilton Film Group), at Rotterdam’s CineMart. It will hinge on an American rapper who is having trouble keeping his career afloat. He leaves for Paris, which will lead him to re-establish ties with his young son, who is growing up at his mother’s place in the French capital.
(Translated from French)
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