New Morning Films places its bets on the future
by Fabien Lemercier
- Four feature debuts by promising European filmmakers are on the Berlin slate of the Paris-based international sales agent
Following its first two years in business, New Morning Films, the Paris-based company headed by Germain Labeille, continues to efficiently carve out a niche among the myriad highly dynamic French international sales agents. Preferring to opt for new discoveries, New Morning Films will be arriving at the European Film Market of the 66th Berlin Film Festival (11-21 February 2016) with a line-up that includes four feature debuts that are currently screening at the Göteborg Film Festival, and which will be having their market premieres in the German capital.
Standing out among them are two Norwegian films. The first, Returning Home [+see also:
film profile] by Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken, was victorious at the Nordic Film Days in Lübeck last November and was among the three titles shortlisted to represent their country for the 2016 Oscar for Best Foreign-language Film. The feature, revolving around two brothers who are forced to head off in search of their father, a soldier who has disappeared during a reindeer hunt in the mountains following his return from a long tour in Afghanistan, has been showing in Norwegian theatres since last Wednesday (courtesy of Storyseller Distribution).
The other Norwegian title on the line-up, Dam [+see also:
film profile] by Paul Tunge, is also a feature debut and is also set in the mountains, but plays out in a completely different genre, as it is an LGBT-orientated work. The story follows two young men who set off on a hike after meeting one night. One is riddled with conflicts related to his self-loathing, while the other desperately wants to be loved. Very soon, a psychological war breaks out between these two desires, with violence as the only possible outcome.
New Morning Films is also selling the Georgian production Anna's Life by Nino Basilia, which will have its world premiere at Göteborg in the Ingmar Bergman Debut selection. The plot revolves around a single mother (played by Ekaterine Demetradze) who finds it tough to get by economically with her autistic son, and who will endure turbulent and dangerous misadventures as she attempts to leave her country illegally and emigrate to the United States.
Also excelling on the line-up is Our Everyday Life [+see also:
interview: Ines Tanović
film profile], the feature debut by Ines Tanovic, which had its world premiere at the Sarajevo Film Festival and which was representing Bosnia in the race for the 2016 Oscar for Best Foreign-language Film.
The fifth title on New Morning Films’ Berlin slate is The Waiting Room [+see also:
film profile] by Igor Drljaca. A co-production between Canada and Bosnia, the second feature by the director had its world premiere at Locarno and will be screened this week at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, on the Bright Future programme.
(Translated from French)