The EFM is looking good for Pathé International
by Fabien Lemercier
- Suffragette with Carey Mulligan makes it to the line-up where Two Men In Town and Beauty and the Beast notably stand out
Pathé’s international sales team managed by Muriel Sauzay will eagerly make its way with many assets to the European Film Market of the 64th Berlinale (February 6-16, 2014), with in particular a contender for the Golden Bear: Two Men In Town [+see also:
film profile] by Rachid Bouchareb. Filmed in English, this majority French production will have its world premiere on Friday, February 7, and its cast (American actors Forest Whitaker, Harvey Keitel and Ellen Burstyn, English actress Brenda Blethyn, Mexican actress Dolores Heredia and Puerto Rican actor Luis Guzman) can look forward to good deals, since the only territories to have pre-purchased the film so far are Canada, France, the Maghreb, Switzerland, and the United States.
Also in the line-up, the British feature in pre-production Suffragette [+see also:
film profile] by Sarah Gavron (Brick Lane) with Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham-Carter in the leads. Written by Abi Morgan, the screenplay tells the story of the first feminists, delving into a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an increasingly repressive state. These women did not come from the high levels of society but were workers who realized that peaceful protests led to nothing. By radicalizing themselves and evolving towards violent action, they took the risk of losing everything in their fight for equality. Produced by Allison Owen and Faye Ward, the film will be distributed in the UK and France by Pathé.
Pathé International will also bet on a second title in the official selection: the spectacular Franco-German feature Beauty and the Beast [+see also:
interview: Christophe Gans
interview: Léa Seydoux
interview: Vincent Cassel
film profile] by Christophe Gans (with Vincent Cassel, Léa Seydoux and André Dussollier in the cast – read the article). To be released in France on February 12, the film will be screened on the 14th in Berlin and was already purchased for two-dozen territories.
Two world premieres are also scheduled at the market with the French comedy Superchondriac by Dany Boon (who is reunited on screen with Kad Merad to form the winning duo of Welcome to the Sticks [+see also:
film profile] – to be released on February 26) and Fasten Your Seatbelts (Allacciate le cinture) by Italian director Ferzan Ozpetek (news – to be released in Italy on March 6).
Pathé International’s team will also continue to work on two post-production films: the British comedy Pride by Matthew Warchus (with Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton and Dominic West) and French thriller Paradise Lost by Andrea Di Stefano (news - with Benicio del Toro in the role of Pablo Escobar, but also Josh Hutcherson, Carlos Bardem, Brady Corbet and Ana Girardot).
It is finally worth noting the market screening of the romantic film Quantum Love by Lisa Azuelos (with Sophie Marceau and François Cluzet – to be released on April 23), the drama The Finishers (read the article - to be released on March 26) by Nils Tavernier and the offbeat Jacky in the Kingdom of Women by Riad Sattouf (article - to be released on January 29).
(Translated from French)