Memento Films International boasts two hopefuls for the Palme d’Or
by Fabien Lemercier
- Some tidy deals are on the cards at Cannes for the French sales agent, with Everybody Knows and The Wild Pear Tree
As ever very strongly positioned at the Cannes Film Festival, the international sales division of French company Memento Films will once again be in fine fettle thanks to its presence in the highest-profile showcase of the 71st edition of the event (8-19 May). What’s more, the firm fully intends to reap all the benefits of this situation at the Film Market.
Indeed, the team managed by Emilie Georges and headed up by head of sales Tanja Meissner will be negotiating deals for two contenders for the 2018 Palme d’Or: Everybody Knows [+see also:
film profile] by Iran’s Asghar Farhadi (which has been given the honour of opening the festival and stars Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem and Ricardo Darín) and The Wild Pear Tree [+see also:
film profile] by Turkey’s Nuri Bilge Ceylan (winner of the Palme d’Or in 2014). Interestingly, Memento was also involved (via Alexandre Mallet-Guy) in the production of these two films, which are minority French and which it will distribute itself in France (likewise, it will bring out the other Cannes competition entries Knife + Heart [+see also:
film profile] by Yann Gonzalez and Three Faces by Jafar Panahi in theatres, in addition to Sofia [+see also:
interview: Meryem Benm'Barek
film profile] by Meryem Benm’Barek, which will premiere in Un Certain Regard, and The Trouble With You [+see also:
film profile] by Pierre Salvadori, which has been selected for the Directors’ Fortnight).
At the Film Market, Memento Films International will be kicking off pre-sales for the US thriller Against All Enemies by Benedict Andrews, toplined by Kristen Stewart, Jack O’Connell and Anthony Mackie, the shoot for which will get under way this summer. The film, based on real-life events, tells of the problems that Breathless actress Jean Seberg had with the FBI, after it placed her under surveillance illegally in the late 1960s because of her links with civil rights activist Hakim Jamal.
Pre-sales will also continue for several films in post-production: Curiosa by Lou Jeunet (see the article – starring Niels Schneider, Noémie Merlant and Camelia Jordana), Claire Darling by Julie Bertuccelli (see the news – starring Catherine Deneuve and Chiara Mastroianni) and Overgod by Gabriel Mascaro (produced by Brazil’s Desvia, and co-produced by France’s House on Fire, Denmark’s Snowglobe, Norway’s Mer Film, Uruguay’s Malbicho Cine and Mexico’s Buenaventura).
(Translated from French)
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