Gebo and the Shadow spearheads Pyramide’s line-up
by Fabien Lemercier
03/09/2012 - French international sales agency Pyramide International has a copious line-up of 13 titles for Venice and Toronto, and will especially be hedging its bets on Portuguese director Manoel de Oliveira’s Gebo and the Shadow [trailer] (news) at both events. After making its world premiere out of competition at the 69th Venice Film Festival, the film will then be screened at the Toronto Film Festival (from September 6 to 16) in its Masters section. It has so far been pre-acquired for France (where it is due out in cinemas on September 26 via Epicentre Films), as well as for Italy, Greece, Portugal, Mexico, and Brazil.
In Toronto, Eric Lagesse’s team led by Lucero Garzon will also continue selling three films that were unveiled in Cannes and are now to be screened at the Canadian event as part of its Contemporary World Cinema programme. Children of Sarajevo [trailer, film focus], the Bosnia-Herzegovina-Turkey-Germany-France co-production directed by Aida Begic that was awarded at the Certain Regard in Cannes, has already been acquired for all these territories as well as Italy, Romania, Switzerland, Austria, Croatia, and Serbia. French director Catherine Corsini’s Three Worlds [trailer], also unveiled at the Certain Regard (read the review), has been sold for France, the Benelux, Switzerland, Greece, Israel, Japan, Taiwan, Mexico and Central America. As for Benjamin Avila’s Clandestine Childhood [trailer], a film first screened at the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes, it has been bought for its three co-producing countries (Argentina, Spain, and Brazil) as well as for the United States, France, Italy, Sweden, the Benelux, Greece, Switzerland, Turkey, Israel and Canada.
Pyramide is also to organise private screenings in Toronto for Ilmar Raag’s A Lady in Paris (read more), a film that was well reviewed in Locarno.
Pyramide’s line-up also features two other Cannes titles: Iranian director Massoud Bakhshi’s A Respectable Family and Louis-Do de Lencquesaing’s In A Rush [trailer] (read the review). It includes three films in post-production by French filmmakers: Rendez-Vous In Kiruna by Anna Novion (who was discovered at the Cannes Critics’ Week in 2008 with Grown Ups), Samuel Collardey’s Little Lion (a second feature by the filmmaker who won the Venice Critics’ Week in 2008 with The Apprentice - read more), as well as Anne Weil and Philippe Kotlarski’s Friends From France (read more).
Finally, the line-up also includes two films currently in production (Argentinian-French-Spanish co-production Wakolda directed by Lucia Puenzo and Les conquérants by French director Xabi Molia - read more), as well as a French feature debut in pre-production (Frédéric Proust’s Les belles années).
(Translated from French)