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Film Europe makes a raft of new acquisitions

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- The Slovakian distributor has secured titles rumoured to be getting a premiere at Cannes

Film Europe makes a raft of new acquisitions
On the Milky Road by Emir Kusturica (© Petr Nasic)

The traditional venues chosen by Film Europe to extend its movie portfolio on a regular basis are made up of the holy trinity of the festival circuit (Berlin, Cannes and Venice), on which the company also based its new Be2Can distribution model (read the news). Last year’s festival hits Son of Saul [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
Q&A: László Nemes
interview: László Rajk
film profile
]
, Taxi and Dheepan [+see also:
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trailer
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Q&A: Jacques Audiard
film profile
]
made it onto Film Europe’s slate after their premieres on the Croisette, and the same scenario played out on the Lido in Venice, where the company bought Lorenzo Vigas’ Golden Lion winner From Afar and Aleksandr Sokurov’s latest project Francofonia [+see also:
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trailer
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]
; the firm even ventured beyond the borders of the European continent, acquiring American performance artist and musician Laurie Anderson’s cinematic essay Heart of a Dog [+see also:
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]
for the third edition of the Be2Can Festival.

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The company went on a shopping spree at the 66th edition of the Berlinale in order to add new oeuvres to the line-up of the upcoming Be2Can Festival in October. The new acquisitions include the Tunisian love story Hedi [+see also:
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by Mohamed Ben Attia, the French-German drama Things to Come [+see also:
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trailer
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Q&A: Mia Hansen-Løve
film profile
]
by Mia Hansen-Løve, starring Isabelle Huppert, Thomas Vinterberg’s latest effort The Commune [+see also:
film review
trailer
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interview: Thomas Vinterberg
film profile
]
, André Téchiné’s drama Being 17 [+see also:
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trailer
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Q&A: André Téchiné
interview: Kacey Mottet Klein
film profile
]
, the German abortion drama 24 Weeks [+see also:
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trailer
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Q&A: Anne Zohra Berrached
film profile
]
by Anne Zohra Berrached, and Bence Fliegauf’s latest film, Lily Lane [+see also:
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trailer
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]
.

Film Europe revealed the rest of its slate to Cineuropa, which boasts Michel Gondry’s comedy Microbe & Gasoil [+see also:
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trailer
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]
, the Danish medieval fantasy film The Shamer’s Daughter [+see also:
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]
, Grethe Bøe-Waal’s Operation Arctic [+see also:
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]
, Mika Kaurismaki’s The Girl King [+see also:
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]
, Alexandra-Therese Keining’s Girls Lost [+see also:
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]
, Bruno Deville’s Chubby [+see also:
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trailer
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]
and Nils Gaup’s Nordic epic The Last King [+see also:
trailer
interview: Nils Gaup
film profile
]
. Among the other recent arrivals is Emir Kusturica’s eagerly awaited first fiction feature since 2007’s Promise Me This [+see also:
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]
, On the Milky Road [+see also:
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, starring the director himself and Monica Bellucci. Another film currently in post-production which is bound to be added to Film Europe’s line-up is Bertrand Bonello’s Paris Is Happening [+see also:
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trailer
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interview: Bertrand Bonello
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]
, which tackles the topics of riots and terrorism.

The company managed to secure several titles ahead of their premieres – most notably some films rumoured to be unveiled at Cannes: Emmanuelle Bercot’s La Fille de Brest [+see also:
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; the US-Danish horror-thriller The Neon Demon, starring Keanu Reeves and Elle Fanning, and directed by Nicolas Winding Refn; the Belgian film The Unknown Girl [+see also:
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trailer
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Q&A: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
film profile
]
by the Dardenne brothers; Hirokazu Koreeda’s offbeat family drama After the Storm; the long-awaited epic mystical documentary Voyage of Time [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
by Terrence Malick; and Jerome Salle’s adventure biopic about the Cousteau family, The Odyssey [+see also:
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trailer
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]
. Besides the projects in post-production, Film Europe has already acquired one project preparing to enter the production stage: Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy’s sophomore feature, Luxembourg (read the news).

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