Another Day of Life for Indie Sales
by Fabien Lemercier
- The French sales agent is pinning its hopes on the hybrid animated film by Raúl de la Fuente and Damian Nenow, showing as an Official Selection special screening at Cannes
French international sales agent Indie Sales, which is regularly rewarded for its commitment to animated film (particularly with My Life as a Courgette [+see also:
interview: Claude Barras
film profile]), will once again be on the cutting edge of the field at the Film Market of the 71st Cannes Film Festival (8-19 May). Indeed, the team headed up by Nicolas Eschbach (backed up by Clémentine Hugot) is selling Another Day of Life [+see also:
interview: Raul de la Fuente
film profile] by Raúl de la Fuente and Damian Nenow, which will be presented as a world premiere in an Official Selection special screening.
As a reminder, Raúl de la Fuente was shortlisted for the Oscar and won the Goya Award for Best Short Documentary for Minerita, and Damian Nenow was shortlisted for the Oscar in 2012 for his animated short Paths of Hate. A hybrid film that blends animation (for the most part) with documentary camerawork, Another Day of Life boasts a screenplay penned by Raúl de la Fuente and Amaia Remírez together with David Weber, Niall Johnson and Damian Nenow, and is based on Ryszard Kapuscinski’s book of the same name. The plot kicks off in Warsaw in 1975. Ryszard Kapuscinski (43) is a brilliant veteran journalist, an idealist and a friend of lost causes and revolutions. At the Polish Press Agency, he convinces his boss to send him to Angola, where a bloody civil war has broken out on the eve of the country's independence. He embarks on a seemingly suicidal road trip into the heart of the civil war. There, he witnesses once again the dirty reality of war and discovers a sense of helplessness previously unknown to him. Angola will change him forever: it was a reporter that left Poland, but it was a writer that returned.
Production duties were handled by Poland’s Platige Image and Spain’s Kanaki Films, with Belgium’s Walking the Dog, Germany’s Animationsfabrik and Wüste Film, and Hungary’s Puppetworks serving as co-producers. The feature will be distributed in Germany by Pandora, in Poland by Next Film and in Spain by Golem Distribución.
At Cannes, Indie Sales will also have high hopes for the market premiere of another animated film: the Brazilian feature Tito and The Birds by Gustavo Steinberg, Gabriel Bitar and André Catoto, which has just been selected in competition for the upcoming Annecy Film Festival (11-16 June).
At the Film Market, Indie Sales is also due to unveil an exclusive promo reel for Mademoiselle de Joncquières by Emmanuel Mouret (see the article – starring Cécile de France, Edouard Baer, Alice Isaaz and Laure Calamy) and the first trailer for Mother’s Instinct [+see also:
film profile] by Belgium’s Olivier Masset-Depasse (starring Veerle Baetens and Anne Coesens), while still pressing on with pre-sales for four other titles in post-production: Paris Pigalle [+see also:
film profile] by France’s Cédric Anger (see the article – starring Guillaume Canet and Gilles Lellouche as policemen attempting to infiltrate the porn industry), Real Love [+see also:
interview: Claire Burger
film profile] by his fellow countrywoman Claire Burger (Party Girl [+see also:
interview: Marie Amachoukeli, Claire B…
film profile]), toplined by Bouli Lanners (see the article), the offbeat comedy Tel Aviv on Fire [+see also:
interview: Sameh Zoabi
film profile] by Sameh Zoabi and Romulus and Remus – The First King by Italy’s Matteo Rovere (see the article).
(Translated from French)
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