Luxbox brandishes Mimosas and Apprentice at Cannes
by Fabien Lemercier
- There are sales in sight and a tantalising slate on the cards for Luxbox, with Spaniard Oliver Laxe in the Critics’ Week and Singapore’s Boo Junfeng in Un Certain Regard
After it turned a lot of heads at the EFM at the most recent Berlinale – where the flagship film on its line-up, the Tunisian feature Hedi [+see also:
film profile] by Mohamed Ben Attia, pulled off a spectacular double win on the awards list, winning for Best Actor and Best Debut Film – Paris-based international sales agent Luxbox (founded in October 2015) comes hurtling to this year’s Film Market at the 69th Cannes Film Festival (11-22 May 2016), where it will introduce itself with two great-looking aces up its sleeve.
Standing out on the slate of the company headed up Fiorella Moretti and Hedi Zardi is Mimosas [+see also:
interview: Oliver Laxe
film profile] by Spaniard Oliver Laxe, which will have its world premiere in competition in the Critics’ Week. The second feature by the filmmaker who was popular in 2010 in the Directors’ Fortnight with You All Are Captains [+see also:
film profile] was co-produced by Spain, Morocco and France (via Rouge International). Early rumours have alluded to a visually very strong film that is simultaneously a human adventure and a kind of cosmic journey.
Also gleaming on Luxbox’s slate is Apprentice [+see also:
film profile] by Boo Junfeng, which will be unveiled in Un Certain Regard after it had long fuelled rumours of being included in competition. The new film by the Singaporean director who rose to fame in the Cannes Critics’ Week in 2010 with Sandcastle unfolds at the heart of a jail, and the lead character is a young prison warder who becomes friendly with the person in charge of executing inmates. Produced by Singapore, Apprentice was co-produced by Hong Kong, Germany and France (via Tom Dercourt for CinémaDefacto, which is still on a roll – read the article).
Also of note among the market screenings are the company’s two Berlinale titles: Hedi, which will be topping off its already plentiful sales, and the Mexican-Polish co-production Panamerican Machinery [+see also:
film profile] by Joaquín del Paso, which was revealed in the Forum.
(Translated from French)