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BERLIN 2015 Market/France

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Vulcania on SND’s slate

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- The French company is launching pre-sales for the thriller by Spanish director José Skaf; there will also be market screenings for L'Affaire SK1 and A Perfect Man

Vulcania on SND’s slate
Actress Aura Garrido, director José Skaf and actor Miquel Fernandez

Produced by the Spanish and Swedish arms of Zentropa together with French outfit Ran Entertainment as co-producer, the supernatural thriller Vulcania [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
by Spaniard José Skaf has been added to the slate of Paris-based international sales agent SND, which will be offering it for pre-purchase to distributors at the European Film Market during the 65th Berlinale (5-15 February 2015). Shot last spring and currently having the finishing touches put to its colour grading, the feature debut by the Spanish filmmaker stars Miquel Fernandez (who turned heads in The End [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Jorge Torregrossa
film profile
]
) and Aura Garrido (nominated for the Goya for Best Actress in 2014 for Stockholm [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
) in the lead roles. Written by the director together with José Soto, the story, which unfolds within a dystopian setting, revolves around a small, isolated community run by an enigmatic leader, where nothing is really as it seems.

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At Berlin, Lionel Uzan’s team will also be pre-selling three French films in post-production. An early preview of The Squad by Benjamin Rocher (The Horde [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
, Goal of the Dead [+see also:
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film profile
]
) will be available, which is a remake of the English crime film The Sweeney, starring Jean Reno, Caterina Murino, Alban Lenoir and Thierry Neuvic in an inquiry into a series of hold-ups that jumps from one surprise to the next. Buyers will also be able to watch a promo reel for The Terrible Privacy of Mr Sim [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
by Michel Leclerc (read the article), a Jonathan Coe adaptation that boasts a cast including Jean-Pierre Bacri, Italy’s Valeria Golino and Mathieu Amalric. There will also be a promo reel for First Growth [+see also:
trailer
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]
by Jérôme Le Maire, a family tale set on a vineyard, starring Jalil Lespert, Gérard Lanvin and Alice Taglioni. 

In the market screenings, SND will have two thrillers on offer: L'Affaire SK1 [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
by Frédéric Tellier (which was very well received by the critics when it came out in France on 7 January – with Raphaël Personnaz, Olivier Gourmet and Nathalie Baye toplining – read the article) and A Perfect Man [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
by Yann Gozlan (French release scheduled for 18 March – starring Pierre Niney and Ana Girardot – read the article). Lastly of note are the screenings of the comedy Home Sweet Home [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
by Stéphane Meunier (released on 11 February) and of two movies that SND has already sold very successfully: the animated title Asterix: The Land of the Gods [+see also:
trailer
making of
film profile
]
by Louis Clichy and La famille Bélier [+see also:
trailer
making of
film profile
]
by Eric Lartigau, which is currently riding high at the French box office, having taken 4.6 million admissions over five weeks (read the article).

(Translated from French)

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