A line-up of eight films for Alfama Films in Cannes
by Fabien Lemercier
- The Blue Room in the Certain Regard section and upcoming films by Philippe Ramos, Brigitte Sy, Hugo Vieira Da Silva and Andrzej Zulawski
Starting with its production The Blue Room [+see also:
interview: Mathieu Amalric
film profile] by Mathieu Amalric, which will be presented in its global premiere in the Certain Regard official selection at the 67th edition of the Cannes Film Festival (May 14-25, 2014) and which will come out simultaneously in French movie theatres on May 16, the Parisian Alfama Films, directed by Paulo Branco, will be hitting the Croisette with a solid selection for the Marché du Film.
The sales team headed by Elisabeth Perlié will be carrying a number of different new films – in particular Astragal [+see also:
film profile] by Brigitte Sy (read the news story), currently being worked on with Leïla Bekthi and Reda Kateb.
Pre-sales will start shortly for Venus ouverte [+see also:
film profile], the fourth feature length film for Philippe Ramos after Adieu Pays (2003), Captain Achab [+see also:
film profile] (directing award in Locarno in 2007) and The Silence of Joan [+see also:
film profile] (presented during Directors’ Fortnight in 2011). Produced by Alfama, the film, which will begin shooting soon, will star Melvil Poupaud, Dominique Blanc and Jean-François Stévenin. Written by the director himself, the screenplay starts in 1959 with a functioning guillotine. But the head of the condemned man will not die until it has pronounced its last words: “I assure you that in the path that has brought me here, I was not guilty, but a victim! Allow me during the time of this last breath, to convince you of the truth!”
Two projects going through pre-production will also be showcased: thriller Cosmos by Polish Andrzej Zulawski and historical drama An Outpost of Progress by Portuguese Hugo Vieira Da Silva.
Being screened for the marketplace in its international premiere will be Casanova Variations by Michael Sturminger, a French Austrian feature length film, which mixes fiction with opera, starring John Malkovich, the star in a story following Casanova’s chronicles.
Worth highlighting among the projects, Body Artist by Benoît Jacquot, an adaptation by Paulo Branco and Julia Roy of an American novel by Don DeLillo, and German, French, Polish production, The Captain by Robert Schwentke.
(Translated from French)