UDI shows off Alias Maria
by Fabien Lemercier
- Selected in Un Certain Regard, the film is being sold by the Paris-based outfit that has also added the upcoming film by Ariel Rotter to its line-up
In keeping with its openness to the world’s film industries, French sales agent Urban Distribution International (UDI) will be negotiating deals for Alias Maria [+see also:
film profile] by José Luis Rugeles Gracia at the Film Market of the 68th Cannes Film Festival (13-24 May 2015). The feature, which will be unveiled in Un Certain Regard and was produced by Colombia, Argentina and France, revolves around Maria, a 13-year-old guerrilla fighter who has to accomplish a mission with three other child soldiers: taking their commander’s newborn baby to the safety of the city. But Maria has a secret: she is pregnant, and having a child is forbidden in the world of guerrilla warfare...
On the Croisette, UDI will also be kicking off pre-sales for Incident Light by Ariel Rotter, whose last opus, The Other [+see also:
film profile], took home two awards from Berlin in 2007 (the Grand Prix and the Best Actor Award). Currently in post-production, the film produced by Argentina, France and Uruguay recounts the misfortunes of a woman who has lost her husband in an accident and who becomes infatuated with a charming stranger...
At the Cannes market, the company headed by Frédéric Corvez will screen the French animated film Long Way North [+see also:
film profile] by Rémi Chayé (read the article) and the British feature Hector [+see also:
interview: Jake Gavin
film profile] by Jake Gavin (starring Peter Mullan and Gina McKee in the leads).
Also landing on the firm’s slate is another British title, Burn Burn Burn [+see also:
film profile] by Chanya Button (in post-production), which sees two friends (Laura Carmichael and Chloe Pirrie) acting as escorts for the ashes of a young, 29-year-old man whom they loved like a brother and who left them a video containing some very specific instructions. During this road movie passing through London, Stonehenge, Cardiff, York and Ben Lomond, the duo will have to make a great many decisions – choices that only the deceased would have been able to help the young women to make.
Lastly of note, and still among the films in post-production, is the crime drama The Endless River [+see also:
film profile] by South African director Oliver Hermanus (with French actor Nicolas Duvauchelle among the cast).
(Translated from French)