Winter Sleep: Memento shines the brightest
by Fabien Lemercier
- Selected in competition, the Nuri Bilge Ceylan film shines in the line-up, with two more standing out in the Directors’ Fortnight
The French sales company Memento Films International, which with great regularity places its biggest titles in great festivals across the world, will once more be present during the 67th Cannes Festival (14-25 May). In the line-up are a Palme d’Or contender and two feature length films in the Directors’ Fortnight.
Shining especially bright is Winter Sleep [+see also:
interview: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
film profile] by Turkish maestro Nuri Bilge Ceylan (already awarded in Cannes in 2003, 2008 and 2011), who will be present for the film’s international premiere on Friday, 16 May in the official competition. The film is about a former actor who manages a hotel in central Anatolia together with his wife (with whom he has a turbulent relationship) and his sister (diminished from a recent divorce). As winter and snow arrive, the hotel becomes their refuge, but also a place from which it is difficult to escape. The film’s co-producers are Turkey (Zeynofilm), Germany (Bredok Film Production), and Memento who will distribute it in France starting August 13.
Memento will also take care of the two films selected for the Directors’ Fortnight: road movie Refugiado [+see also:
film profile] by Argentinian Diego Lerman (co-produced by Colombia, Poland and France) and American French co-production Cold in July [+see also:
film profile] by Jim Mickle (selected for the second year running for Directors’ Fortnight), financed in its French part by BSM Studio (enabled by Backup Media) with La Cinefacture.
On the Croisette, the team directed by Emilie Georges and guided by Tanja Meissner will reveal its market premiere Mr. Kaplan [+see also:
film profile] by Alvaro Brechner (produced by Germany by Razor Film Produktion with Uruguayan Salado and Spanish Baobab 66 Films).
At the market, Memento will present a promoreel of a film in post-production called Still Alice by duo Richard Glatzer - Wash Westmoreland (with Julianne Moore, Kristen Stewart, Alec Baldwin and Kate Bosworth in the cast - a feature length film once more financed by BSM Studio), which will follow pre-sales for the screenplay of American feature going through pre-production The Free World by Jason Lee (with Cillian Murphy and Bryce Dallas Howard).
Screenings in the Memento stand will include Look Charmer by Natalia Smirnoff (discovered at Sundance) and ecological Austrian documentary Energized by Hubert Canaval. The company will definitely provide more details from the Croisette – perhaps surrounding Louder than Bombs [+see also:
interview: Joachim Trier
film profile] by Joachim Trier, which already has support from the Norwegian Film Institute, which communicated that filming will start in New York in September and will star Isabelle Huppert and Gabriel Byrne.
(Translated from French)