15 titles in pre-sales for Gaumont at the EFM
by Fabien Lemercier
- BERLIN 2015: From Winding Refn to Roschdy Zem, Christian Vincent, Christophe Honoré and Mamoru Hosoda, there is no lack of gems on the company’s slate
With all hands to the pump at the European Film Market of the 65th Berlinale, Gaumont’s international sales division has made several announcements that have served to top up its well-stocked line-up, which has now become splendidly diverse. Among the new arrivals are Sophie's Misfortunes [+see also:
film profile] by Christophe Honoré (currently being shot – read the news), Courted by Christian Vincent (read the article – in post-production, with Fabrice Luchini and Danish actress Sidse Babet Knudsen toplining) and the comedy in pre-production The Visitors: Bastille Day by Jean-Marie Poiré, which will see Christian Clavier and Jean Reno set off on another voyage through time and history.
Cécile Gaget and Yohann Comte’s team is also riding high on the positive impact created by the promo-reel screening organised on the first day of the Berlinale market, which showcased seven titles in post-production: the sci-fi thriller Ares by Jean-Patrick Benes (read the article – starring Ola Rapace, Micha Lescot and Hélène Fillières), the animated Japanese film The Boy and the Beast by Mamoru Hosoda, Belle and Sebastian, The Adventure Continues [+see also:
film profile] by Christian Duguay (read the article) and All Three of Us [+see also:
film profile] by Kheiron (which follows the struggles of an Iranian activist under the Shah, and then under the mullahs’ regime – starring the director himself, alongside Leïla Bekhti and Zabou Breitman). Footage was also screened for Our Futures by Rémi Bezançon (read the article), Florida by Philippe Le Guay (read the article – starring Jean Rochefort and Sandrine Kiberlain) and Cerise [+see also:
film profile] by Jérôme Enrico (the new feature by the director of Paulette [+see also:
film profile] – again produced by Légende; starring Zoé Adjani-Vallat as the lead character in a story about the misfortunes of a Parisian teenage girl exiled in Ukraine).
Also sparkling on Gaumont’s line-up is The Neon Demon [+see also:
Q&A: Nicolas Winding Refn
film profile] by Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn (read the news – sales shared with Wild Bunch – starring Keanu Reeves and Christina Hendricks, who have joined Elle Fanning in the cast; the shoot is due to take place at the end of March) and the major French production Chocolat by Roschdy Zem (read the news – the shoot for which has just kicked off, with Omar Sy and James Thierrée toplining).
It is also worth highlighting the comedies My Men by Emma Luchini (starring the director’s father, Fabrice Luchini) and The Parisian Bitch [+see also:
film profile] by Eloïse Lang and Noémie Saglio, with Camille Cottin in the lead role, which are both in post-production – as well as the 3D animated film Ballerina by Eric Warin and Eric Summer, currently in production.
Lastly, the market screenings include the world premiere of the comedy-drama We Were Young [+see also:
film profile] by Philippe Guillard, which recounts the misadventures of five old pals (including Kad Merad, Benoît Magimel and Charles Berling), and the market premieres of I Kissed a Girl by duo Noémie Saglio and Maxime Govare (starring Pio Marmaï as a “gay man” who, much to his surprise, is tempted to give heterosexuality a try) and of Through the Air [+see also:
film profile] by Fred Grivois (read the article – with Reda Kateb, Ludivine Sagnier and Johan Heldenbergh).
(Translated from French)