New projects for Satrapi, Virzi, Nicloux, Himer, Mirica and Lola Doillon
by Fabien Lemercier
- CANNES 2015: The array of new projects for the French international sales agents and producers are jostling for space on the Croisette
The announcements by the French international sales agents continue to set the pace for the Film Market of the 68th Cannes Film Festival. Here is a fresh summary, following those published on Wednesday (read the news), Thursday (read the news) and Friday (read the news).
Films Distribution continues to make sale after sale at a very steady pace with the Hungarian film Son of Saul [+see also:
Q&A: László Nemes
interview: László Rajk
film profile] by Lazlo Nemes, the real revelation of the competition (read the review and the interview with the director), acquired by Sony Pictures Classics for the USA, Latin America and Australia, as well as for Italy (Teodora), France (Ad Vitam), Spain (Avalon), Benelux (Cinéart), Poland (Gutek), Greece (Filmtrade), Portugal (Midas), Israel and Taiwan, among others.
Brio Films, supported by co-producer Vamonos Films, will produce the next film by Marjane Satrapi: The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe, an English-language movie adapted from a best-seller that recounts the misfortunes of an Indian man who falls in love with a Frenchwoman and is accidentally deported to the farthest reaches of Europe with a group of Africans.
Indie Sales (read the interview with Nicolas Eschbach) has added Fanny's Journey [+see also:
film profile] by Lola Doillon to its line-up; the title will begin shooting in July with Belgian actress Cécile de France in the lead role, and will be a drama set in the Second World War, revolving around a Jewish teenage girl who is trying to go to Switzerland with her little sisters and eight other children. Distribution in France will be handled by Diaphana.
Les Films du Worso and LGM Cinéma will produce the upcoming film by Guillaume Nicloux, who will officially unveil Valley of Love [+see also:
film profile] next Friday in competition. As announced last September on Cineuropa (read the article), his next opus will be Les confins du monde, a loose adaptation of Vandenberghe le pirate du Delta by Erwan Bergot, in which the main character is one of the most famous commando leaders from the war in Indochina.
Bac Films has launched pre-sales for Money Babe by Hiner Saleem, who is well known on the major festival circuit, particularly for My Sweet Pepper Land [+see also:
film profile] (Un Certain Regard at Cannes in 2013), Kilometre Zero (in competition in 2005 on the Croisette) and Vodka Lemon (awarded at Venice in 2012 in the Controcorrente section). Bac’s line-up has also seen the addition of Dogs [+see also:
interview: Bogdan Mirica
film profile] by Romanian director Bogdan Mirica, the shoot for which will kick off this summer (read the article), and Like Crazy (La pazza gioia) by Italy’s Paolo Virzi (read the news), toplined by Micaela Ramazzotti and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi.
Lastly, we should highlight the founding of Loco Films, a new international sales agent led by France’s Laurent Danielou (who has come from Rezo Films) and by Spaniard Enrique Gonzalez Kuhn (who manages the distribution firm Caramel Films).
(Translated from French)