Bang Gang at CineMart
by Fabien Lemercier
- Eva Husson's first feature film project, handled by Full House, stands out at the co-production market at the Rotterdam Film Festival
The 30th edition of CineMart which will begin on Sunday for four days within the context of the 42nd Rotterdam Film Festival (January 23rd to February 3rd) will highlight three projects handled by French production companies in search of partners. One of them stands out from the rest: Bang Gang [+see also:
interview: Eva Husson
film profile] by Eva Husson (graduate of the American Film Institute, who attended the Sundance workshops and the Berlinale Talent Project, and whose short movie Hope to Die was very widely noticed). It is being handled by Full House, a company on the rise (read the article).
Written by the director, the screenplay is set in the affluent suburbs of a small port town, where four high school students are caught up in the turmoil of a syphilis epidemic. As we follow their stories, one after the other, we discover how what began as a spontaneous and hedonistic orgy has turned into a collective phenomenon.
The other projects of French initiative selected for the CineMart are The Wakhan Front by Clément Cogitore (centered around a group of French soldiers in Afghanistan – handled by Kazak Productions, which produced Jimmy Rivière [+see also:
interview: Teddy Lussi-Modeste
film profile] and has just received the support of Arte France Cinéma for Mercuriale by Virgil Vernier), and the Franco-Israeli project Low Tide by Daniel Mann (produced by Arsam International and Laila Films). Two French co-productions should also be mentioned: Aferim! by Radu Jude (a project presented by the Romanian company Hi Film, the French group EZ Films and the Italian company MIR Cinematografica), and Dead & Beautiful by David Verbeek (The Netherlands and China, with the Parisian company Les Petites Lumières). Finally, in the Boost! Category, we find the Franco-Mexican project Strange but True by Michel Lipkes.
It should also be mentioned that the films by Lucrecia Martel, Yorgos Lanthimos, Alice Rohrwacher, Michael Rowe and Boudewijn Koole also stand out amongst the 32 projects selected this year for the CineMart.
(Translated from French)