Picture Tree International unveils its line-up for the Marché du Film
by Birgit Heidsiek
- Lonely hitmen, depressed vampires and brave resistance fighters are due to make an appearance at Cannes
Berlin-based world sales and production outfit Picture Tree International is shortly to make its debut on the Riviera. The line-up that will be presented at the Marché du Film includes a handful of brand-new German comedies.
A new experience completely changes the life of the lead character in the comedy Miss Sixty [+see also:
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Bad timing is also an issue in the road movie A Hitman’s Solitude Before the Shot, by Florian Mischa Böder. For eight years, a contract killer has been waiting for a call from a secret EU programme. When he is just about to give up this lonely and disciplined life, and goes on a date with a girl, his services are suddenly required.
German award-winning film actor Tobias Moretti stars as a depressed vampire in the romantic Austrian screwball comedy Therapy for a Vampire [+see also:
film profile] by David Ruehm. Set in Vienna in the 1930s, a painter makes his living by working for Sigmund Freud, one of whose patients is a mysterious Count whom he always has to treat at night. Meanwhile, in the historical drama Stones for the Rampart [+see also:
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Resistance is also the weapon used by a 15-year-old who is tortured by a teenage gang in the Swiss drama War, by Simon Jaquemet. Further titles at Cannes include the comedy Lovely Louise [+see also:
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