Three of a kind for Charades at Cannes
by Fabien Lemercier
- The French company will be betting on Summer in competition, Mirai in the Directors' Fortnight and Diamantino in the Critics’ Week
A quick rise to power for the French international sales company Charades, created last year and due to set foot at the Film Market at the 71st Cannes Film Festival (from 8 to 19 May) with a rich line-up, including three films selected to take part in the various sections at Cannes, and in particular Summer [+see also:
interview: Ilya Stewart
film profile] by the Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov, which will be making its world premiere in official competition.
Announced with the slogan "rock, love and perestroika," the new film by the Russian filmmaker (well received at Cannes in the Un Certain Regard section in 2016 with Le Disciple, and currently under house arrest) plunges into Leningrad during the summer of 1981. The underground rock scene is booming. A fan of Led Zeppelin and Bowie, young Viktor Tsoi is eager to make a name for himself. An encounter with his idol Mike and his beautiful wife Natasha will change his life forever. Together they will build the legend of Viktor and make him immortal. Summer was produced by the Russian outfit Hype Film with the French company Kinovista.
The team led by Yohann Comte (read the interview at Berlin here), Carole Baraton, Pierre Mazars and Constantin Briest will also be selling Diamantino [+see also:
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film profile] at Cannes, by the duo composed of Portuguesedirector Gabriel Abrantes and British director Daniel Schmidt, which will be presented in competitionat the Critics' Week. The film focuses on a Portuguese football superstar who everybody knows and worships. But just when he is at the point of delivering a World Cup to his beloved country, he loses his special touch. The fall is hard. In his quest for a new reason to live, the international icon will confront neo-fascism, the refugee crisis, genetic modification and most importantly: true love... A film produced by the French outfit Films du Bélier and the Portuguese company Maria & Mayer, and co-produced by Brazil's Syndrome Films.
The third major asset in Charades' Cannes line-up is Mirai, the new animated film by the Japanese director Mamoru Hosoda, which will be unveiled at the 50th Directors' Fortnight.
At the market, Charades will also be screening State Kitchen by the American director Crystal Moselle (discovered at Sundance), and will also be driving documentary sales for Shut Up and Play the Piano [+see also:
film profile] by Philippe Gedicke, and pre-sales for a 3D animation film in production called The Queen’s Corgi by the Belgian directors Ben Stassen and Vincent Kesteloot, as well as six titles in post-production: Best Intentions by the French director Gilles Legrand (article – starring Agnès Jaoui in the main role), the French-Canadian-Belgian production Sympathy for the Devil byGuillaume deFontenay (article – starring Niels Schneider, Vincent Rottiers and Ella Rumpf), Head Above Water by the French director Margaux Bonhomme (article – starring Diane Rouxel, Cédric Kahn and Pablo Pauly), the French music documentary (on reggae) Inna de Yard by the Americain director Peter Webber, Conviction by the French director Antoine Raimbault (article) and the Norwegian feature film Harajuku by Eirik Svensson.
(Translated from French)
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