Doc & Film pins its hopes on The Other Side
by Fabien Lemercier
- Featuring on the company’s slate are the film by Roberto Minervini in Un Certain Regard, the documentary by Marcia Tambutti Allende in the Directors’ Fortnight and the latest by Marion Hänsel
The French sales agent Doc & Film International is heading to the Film Market at the 68th Cannes Film Festival (13-24 May 2015) and has a slate boasting two titles being showcased in the various selections on the Croisette, as well as a raft of promising films in the pipeline.
Daniela Elstner’s team will be negotiating deals for the Franco-Italian-US co-production The Other Side [+see also:
interview: Roberto Minervini
film profile] by Roberto Minervini (read the article), which will be screened on 21 May in Un Certain Regard. The filmmaker is therefore remaining loyal to his international sales agent, which already managed sales for Stop the Pounding Heart [+see also:
film profile] (a Special Screening in the Cannes Official Selection in 2013).
Also featuring on the firm’s line-up is Beyond My Grandfather Allende by Marcia Tambutti Allende, a documentary co-produced by Chile and Mexico, which will be having its world premiere in the Directors’ Fortnight on 17 May.
At the Cannes Film Market, Doc & Film will unveil (exclusively to buyers) the animated Franco-Belgian co-production Phantom boy [+see also:
film profile] by Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli (read the article – the new movie by the duo that was nominated for an Oscar in 2012 with A Cat in Paris [+see also:
Being added to the slate are Heatwave [+see also:
film profile] by French director Raphaël Jacoulot (read the article) and Upstream [+see also:
film profile] by Marion Hänsel (which is set to be shot this summer), starring Spaniard Sergi Lopez and Belgian actor Olivier Gourmet. The two actors will play half-brothers who were unaware of each other’s existence until the recent death of their father; as they travel down a river in Croatia in a tiny boat, they are joined by an enigmatic Irish adventurer (John Lynch). The feature is produced by Belgium (Man's Films Productions), the Netherlands (SNG Film) and Croatia (Kinorama).
Also nestling among the upcoming films are Kokoro [+see also:
film profile] by Vanja d'Alcantara (currently in the final stages of shooting – read the article – starring Isabelle Carré, Niels Schneider and Fabrizio Rongione) and two titles in post-production: As I Open My Eyes [+see also:
interview: Leyla Bouzid
film profile] by Leyla Bouzid and Simon by Eric Martin and Emmanuel Causse (read the article).
Lastly of note are the Cannes market screenings for the Canadian film Chorus by François Delisle (winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and selected in the Berlinale Panorama) and the German documentary Forever and a Day by Katja von Garnier, about the rock group Scorpions, in addition to a very rich array of documentary projects in the pipeline for 2016, directed by such names as Chantal Akerman, Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, Stefano Savona and Avi Mograbi.
(Translated from French)