Jamais contente and My Revolution in the Generation section at Berlin
by Fabien Lemercier
- Both centring on teenagers, the films by Emilie Deleuze and Ramzi Ben Sliman have been selected in the programme of the parallel section at the Berlinale
Two French features are among the 28 titles on the menu in the Generation section of the 66th Berlin Film Festival (11-21 February 2016).
In Generation Kplus, Emilie Deleuze will unveil Jamais contente [+see also:
film profile] (read the article) as a world premiere, which is her third feature, following New Dawn (winner of the Fipresci Prize in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard in 1999) and Mister V. (in competition at Locarno in 2003). Adapted from the first volume of Marie Desplechin’s Le Journal d'Aurore trilogy, the film’s cast includes Léna Magnien, Patricia Mazuy, Philippe Duquesne, Catherine Hegel and Alex Lutz. Written by the novelist and the director, with contributions from Ivan and Laurent Guyot, the story revolves around Aurore, a 13-year-old girl whose apparently uneventful everyday life is actually punctuated by blissful psychodramas. Produced by Patrick Sobelman for Agat Films & Cie, the feature was co-produced by Ad Vitam (which will handle the French distribution), pre-purchased by Canal+ and OCS, and backed by the Ile-de-France region. International sales are managed by Doc & Film.
On the Generation 14plus menu, My Revolution [+see also:
film profile], the feature debut by Ramzi Ben Sliman (read the article), will have its international premiere. The cast includes Samuel Vincent, Anamaria Vartolomei, Lucien le Guern, Lubna Azabal and Samir Guesmi. Written by the director together with Thomas Cailley and Nathalie Saugeon, the story centres on 14-year-old Marwann, a teenager who is being utterly ignored by Sygrid, whom he’s head-over-heels in love with. But everything changes when the Arab Spring arrives and he reluctantly becomes the standard-bearer for the Jasmine Revolution... Produced by Jérôme Dopffer for Les Productions Balthazar and by Sébastien Haguenauer for 10:15! Productions, My Revolution was co-produced by France 2 Cinéma, pre-purchased by Canal+ and Ciné+, and supported by such sources as the CNC’s advance on receipts and the Ile-de-France region. The French distribution will be handled by Memento Films, while international sales are still being negotiated.
(Translated from French)