Memento banks on Sister and Under The Rainbow
by Fabien Lemercier
07/02/2012 - For the fourth year in a row, international French sales company Memento Films International will have at least one of its films in the competition at theBerlinale, whose 62th edition kicks off this Thursday. Last year, A Seperation, an Iranian film that it sold worldwide, won a Golden Bear at the festival, and has since been doubly nominated at the 2012 Oscars. This year, Emilie Georges’ team is banking on the Franco-Swiss co-production Sister [trailer, film focus] by Ursula Meier, officially to be screened on Monday, February 13.
“It’s a very strong film, inspired by social realism, with a great Léa Seydoux and in line with Home [trailer, film focus] that was selected at the Cannes 2008 Critics’ Week, but perhaps less funny and closer to the director,” Momento head of sales Tanja Meissner told Cineuropa. “ Ursula Meier grew up in a region where she noticed a boy alone on his skis and this inspired the script. This boy is played by Kacey Mottet Klein who already acted in Home."
Memento hopes also to do good business with its two films selected for the Panorama: the daring Elles [trailer, film focus] by Polish director Malgorzata Szumowska which will open the section and dark thriller Headshot by Thai director Pen-ek Ratanaruang, a French co-production with Memento and Wild Side Films. It will also present American feature film For Ellen by So Yong Kim at the European Film Forum.
But the great novelty of Momento’s line-up is without doubt Under The Rainbow by Agnès Jaoui (The Taste of Others and Look at Me [trailer]), a Films A4 production that will start shooting on March 5. Actors to feature in the film include the director herself, her accomplice Jean-Pierre Bacri (photo), Arthur Dupont, Agathe Bonitzer, Benjamin Biolay, and Didier Sandre. The script revolves around Laura, 24, who dreams of her Prince Charming who could be Sandro, whom she met at a party, or Maxime, who she meets later. But Sandro has his problems. His father Pierre, who has just buried his own father, remembers an old prediction of the date of his death and is incapable of planning anything, either with his new partner Eléonore, or with Sandro. And Maxime also has his own issues, just like Eléonore, Marianne, Jacqueline, and many others…
Finally, Memento will present promo reels for Foxfire by Laurent Cantet and for German-Austalian-British feature film Lore by Cate Shortland at the European Film Market.
(Translated from French)